Ugandan Parliament Outlaws Female Genital Mutilation
It’s one of the least talked-about crimes in existence, and with good reason: no one wants to discuss something as horrifying as female genital mutilation. And yet, the tradition is still practiced in corners of the world that rarely see any attention, and little to nothing is done to stop it.
Sunday we recieved one good piece of news in the fight against this practice: the Parliament of Uganda has criminalized the practice of female genital mutilation, which is practiced in remote corners of the country. The recently passed bill criminalizes the practice and says that offenders can be imprisoned for five to ten years.
A few members of the Ugandan Parliament also appealed to government officials to increase education by creating female boarding schools in areas where female genital mutilation has negatively impacted females’ levels of access to education.
It may only be one country right now, but this bill is a big step towards protecting and improving the quality of life for all women in Uganda — and hopefully, it will be a catalyst for other countries to start pushing similar legislation.
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