Sudan Criminalizes Female Genital Mutilation

Sudan Criminalizes Female Genital Mutilation


Sudan's transitional government has approved an amendment to its criminal legislation, banning the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). According to the nation's Ministry if Foreign Affairs, anyone who performs FGM inside medical establishments or anywhere else will face three years of prison alongside a fine. 
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While many Sudanese citizens welcomed the new ban, others say that without strict enforcement, FGM may simply be performed "underground". In Sudan, it is not uncommon for women to have their inner and outer labia and often the clitoris removed, though this may lead to urinary tract infections, kidney infections, cysts, reproductive issues, and pain during intercourse. The United Nations estimated that about 87% of Sudanese women between the age of 14 and 49 have undergone some form of FGM.

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