Egypt’s Cabinet Toughens Law Banning Female Genital Mutilation

Cairo — Perpetrators could be jailed for up to 20 years under amendments aimed at stamping out the ancient practice

Egypt’s cabinet has toughened a law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) – imposing jail terms of up to 20 years as part of efforts to stamp out the ancient practice.

Nearly 90% of Egyptian women and girls aged between 15 and 49 have undergone FGM, according to a 2016 survey by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the ritual is practised widely by both Muslims and Christians…

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