The Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa has castigated Female Genital Mutilation saying it is against the Quran teachings and will fully support implementation of all FGM related laws.

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President Kibaki signed into law the FGM Bill on 30th September 2011. The bill now creates an act of parliament that prohibits the practice of female genital mutilation, safeguards against violation of a person’s mental or physical integrity through the practice of female genital mutilation and for connected purposes. Meaning, FGM is now a crime in Kenya and those found conducting it will serve up to 7 years in prison and fines of up to Sh500,000. Moreover, anyone who causes death in the process of carrying out FGM will be liable to life imprisonment.  Kenya now follows a number of African governments that have outlawed the practice.

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The United Nations (UN) has hailed Tanzania's endeavours in promotion and protection of children's rights.

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This past June, the National Popular Assembly (ANP) of Guinea-Bissau approved a law prohibiting female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) nationwide. The controversial law had been on the table for discussion for 16 years, before it was ultimately approved by 64 votes in favour to 1 vote against.

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August is when Nchoo Ngochila would normally be gearing up for the traditional female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) season in her Ilchamus community in Kenya's Rift Valley Province.

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Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:09

KENYA: Legislation failing to curb FGM/C

 

At her grandmother's home in the western Kenyan village of Nyamataro, 14-year-old Ruth* lies on a mat surrounded by visitors, all congratulating her on becoming a woman; the previous week, Ruth was one of 10 girls to undergo female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

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After Cath Holland witnessed the effects of the operation she set out to persuade an entire Kenyan province to renounce it.

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Women in Kenya marked the 100th international day for women, on Tuesday, with calls to Members of Parliament to pass bills that would protect the rights and welfare of the girl child and women.

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African women, including Senegalese hip-hop star Sister Fa, are leading a successful campaign against the widespread practice of female circumcision

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An official declaration marking the abandonment of female genital cutting was issued recently in the Amibara and the Awash-Fentale districts of Ethiopia’s Afar Region.

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