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Project February 19, 2019

Kenya, FGM, Prohibition, and the Law

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A sign found at Equality Now in Nairobi, a non-governmental international women's rights organization, describes the effects of FGM and urges people to fight against it. Image by Merdie Nzanga. Kenya, 2018.
A sign found at Equality Now in Nairobi, a non-governmental international women's rights organization, describes the effects of FGM and urges people to fight against it. Image by Merdie Nzanga. Kenya, 2018.

The World Health Organization estimates that over  200 million girls and women who are alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. FGM is mostly targeted toward girls under the age of 15 and has been considered a violation of human rights. In 2011, Kenya passed a law making it illegal to practice FGM. FGM is deeply rooted in some parts of Kenyan cultures, and critics say the law is not enough. More education is needed to help stop the practice.

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