The Sudanese government has illegalized Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with a 3 year imprisonment for offenders.
Also known as ‘cutting’, FGM involves partially or totally removing, or harming the female genital organ.
FGM prevalence is very high in Sudan with a rate of nearly 87% in 2014 according to UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.
Now banned after years of “forceful advocacy”, offenders of FGM in Sudan would be punished with 3 years imprisonment and a fine.
FGM is a violation of girl’s rights
With no medical benefit but rather severe health complications, FGM is experienced by 3 million girls yearly.
FGM is internationally recognized as a violation against girls’ rights to health and freedom from torture or degrading treatment. As girls sometimes bleed to death, FGM is also a violation against right to life.
There have been efforts to stop the violation at community, state and global levels as FGM is one of the 169 targets of the UN’s SDG.