Kenya hailed as African countries urged to toughen laws on FGM


Millions of
girls in Africa are at risk of female genital mutilation because
their governments are failing to enforce laws banning the
internationally condemned practice, campaigners said on
Thursday.

Six countries which are home to 16 million girls – Chad,
Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan – still do not
even criminalise FGM, according to a major report examining laws
in the 28 African countries where the tradition is endemic.

“These countries are failing to protect their girls and
women,” said Ann-Marie Wilson, executive director of campaign
group 28 Too Many, which worked with 125 lawyers around the
world to compile the study, the largest of its kind.

“FGM is always traumatic and has a life-long impact. A law
sends a strong message from the top that this is unacceptable.”

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