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MCA launches campaign to seek FGM victims
4 Jan 2016

Nominated MCA Esther Mengere has launched a campaign in Naivasha and its environs to seek children who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Speaking to the press in Naivasha on Sunday, Mengere said that they would put stiff measures in place to ensure that no one undergoes the cut.

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Author: Osteen Njenga


#Health – Nigerian Communities That Still Perform Circumcision On Females Till Date
3 Jan 2016

There are different forms of female circumcision, some are more serious than the others. Over the years circumcision has claimed the lives of millions of women. It is more deadly when done during puberty.

WHO (world health organization) has tried to stop this bad practice, however female genital mutilation still occurs in parts of Nigeria and even Arabian countries.

(...) In Nigeria as a whole, female genital mutilation was and is still practiced in different forms, in different places. The pervasiveness of the different forms of the ritual, generally varies across geographic, religious and ethnic and vast variation exists within each subgroup.

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Gambie. L’excision hors la loi
2 Jan 2016

C’est l’un des dix pays où l’excision est la plus pratiquée : en Gambie, selon l’Unicef, les trois quarts de la population féminine sont concernés. Mais on pourrait espérer que ça bouge : en novembre, le président gambien, Yahya Jammeh, a décrété l’interdiction immédiate de cette pratique. Un mois plus tard, le Parlement s’est fendu du premier texte de loi sur le sujet. Adopté le 29 décembre, il prévoit des peines de prison pouvant atteindre trois ans et-ou une amende de 1 300 dollars (près de 1 200 euros).

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Author: Virginie Ballet

Centre calls for help to FGM escapees denied by parents
1 Jan 2016

TFGM Masanga Centre Director, Sister Stella Maris ,made the request early this week during the 8th graduation ceremony of girls who have been receiving training on alternative passage of rite instead of undergoing FGM.

During the latest event, 115 girls who are now called modern girls took oath of not undergoing FGM after receiving the training at the centre which is located at Masanga Village in Tarime District, Mara Region.

The girls camped at the centre between November and December last year (2015) when FGM season was underway in some parts of Tarime. TFGM Masanga Centre has so far provided alternative rite of passage training to 2118 girls between 2008 and 2016, according to its Secretary, Mr Dickson Joseph.

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Author: MUGINI JACOB in Tarime

Gambia's parliament bans female genital mutilation
31 Dec 2015

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's parliament has passed a bill banning female genital mutilation and setting strict penalties for offenders, a month after the president condemned the practice which is carried out on many women in the West African country.

A person who engages in female circumcision could face up to three years in prison or a fine of 50,000 dalasi ($1,250), the new law says. If the act results in death, a person could face life imprisonment, according to the bill which parliament passed on Monday.

President Yahya Jammeh condemned the practice in November, saying it was not mentioned in the Quran.

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FGM is one of the worst forms of gender based violence and perpetuated across the world. Each year FGM will claim the lives or hamper the physical and psychological health of millions of women and girls for non-medical reasons. Our information centre is a contribution to the complete abandoning of FGM.

Les MGF sont une des pires formes de violence basée sur le genre et se perpétue partout à travers le monde. Chaque année les MGF vont ôter la vie, ou endommager la santé physique et psychologique de millions de femmes et de jeunes filles pour des raisons non médicales. Notre centre d'information est une contribution à l’abandon complet des MGF.