Nigeria: Präsident unterzeichnet Gesetz gegen Mädchenbeschneidung

Nigeria’s president has signed legislation banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice commonly carried out to “initiate teenagers into womanhood according to Sebei traditional rites.” In what international advocates are calling a progressive step in the right direction, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed a bill officially banning the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). In addition to the banning of FGM, The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 will also prevent men from leaving their families without proving financial support. As Nigeria APlus reports, women’s rights activists and public health groups have been campaigning against FGM for years now and are no doubt celebrating the monumental victory. The inhumane practice removes parts or all of a girl’s genitalia – often at a very young age and without the female’s consent – and often leads to severe health problems for the mutilated individual. According to UNICEF, “More than 130 million girls and women have experienced FGM/C in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is most common.” Thankfully, because activists have been campaigning against the practice for a few decades now, teenage girls in countries that still practice FGM are one-third less likely to undergo the procedure than thirty years ago.” copied. READ MORE: