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Snapshot: FGM outlawed in Sudan

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Sudan has announced that they are proceeding with legislative efforts to outlaw Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is the practice of partial or total removal of some or all of the external parts of the female genitalia or other injury to it for non-medical reasons

In Sudan, figures from 2017 show that around 88% of females aged from 15 to 49 have been subjected to FGM. The majority of females are cut before they are 15. 

FGM has no health benefits and there are immediate complications which include pain, swelling and infections. Long-term complications can include vaginal and psychological problems.

It is estimated that more than 200 million females have undergone FGM. There are an estimated 3 million girls at risk every year

The FGM amendment to the criminal law was approved on 22 April. Under the amendment, anyone who performs FGM either inside a medical establishment or elsewhere faces three years’ imprisonment and a fine. 

This is a step forward by Sudan that will ensure the protection of the countless females subjected to this practise. 

By Sophie Balfour

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