More than 130 million females have experienced female genital mutilation or cutting in Nigeria. History has now been made and this mutilation is banned in Nigeria.
Nigeria has made history because they’ve outlawed female genital mutilation. This ban falls under the Violence Against Person Act of 2015 and was passed in Senate on May 5 and recently enacted into law. This is one of the last acts by the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan. His successor Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn into office May 29, 2015.
FGM is the act of either partially or totally removing the external female genitalia or causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical purposes. “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.” Activism campaign and numbers of organizational efforts to end the practice, UNICEF has reported that teenage girls are now one-third less likely to undergo FGM today than 30 years ago.
The new law criminalises the procedure, the hope is the ban will eliminate this practice and be strongly enforced to combat any societal pressures. The WHO cites immediate harmful effects of FCM that include hemorrhage, bacterial infections, open sores, and long-term consequences that can include fertility, childbirth complications and recurring bladder infections.
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