HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
New law prohibits practice of female genital mutilation in Guinea-Bissau

By Iain Murray, UNICEF

1048 days ago   Article ID# 1211569
Original URL

 

UNICEF

BISSAU , GUINEA-BISSAU (UNICEF) - This past June, the National Popular Assembly (ANP) of Guinea-Bissau approved a law prohibiting female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) nationwide. The controversial law had been on the table for discussion for 16 years, before it was ultimately approved by 64 votes in favour to 1 vote against.

45 per cent of women aged 15 to 49 years are affected by the newly prohibited practice, due to its deep significance in traditional culture. These long-held cultural beliefs make implementing the legislation a particular challenge in Guinea-Bissau

Cadi Seide, a young mother and a member of the Community Management Comittee of Canquebo village, expressed her pleasure at the decision to ban FGM/C, and highlighted that while communities were mired in the divisive debate over the traditional and religious practice, FGM/C had continued to impact women and girls in towns and villages across the country.

Raising awareness

There is widespread agreement that considerable work lies ahead, particularly to raise awareness on why this harmful custom should be ended. Currently 33 per cent of women approve of the continuation of female genital mutilation across the country.

While over 50 per cent of the population agree that the practice of female genital mutilation should be abandoned, prevalence of the practice remains high and the trend is worrying. Nevertheless the approval of this law by the ANP is an important first step to protect the physical integrity of women and girls across Guinea-Bissau.

UNICEF is implementing a joint programme with UNFPA and the NGO Tostan in Guinea-Bissau to promote the end of FGM/C. To date this joint programme is targeted at achiveing public declarations of the abandonment of FGM/C in 39 communities in the Gabu and Bafata regions where the practice is most prevalent.


Copyright 2014 UNICEF   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 1048 days ago   Article ID# 1211569

UNICEF    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More Unite For Children News

UAE leading fight against malnutrition among refugee children

5 hours ago From The National  

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - The UAE is donating US$7 million (Dh25.7m) to Unicef to screen refugee Syrian children for malnutrition. The United Nations Children's Fund says ...

UNICEF praises Hasina

6 days ago From bdnews24.com 

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - On Friday, July 25, at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, the Desert AIDS Project will be celebrating its three decades with its annual Mid-Summer Dance ...

UNICEF and EU improve access to safe water for 800,000 people in Bangui

19 days ago From UNICEF-press release 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - BANGUI, Central African Republic, 1 July 2014—The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and UNICEF ...

Procter & Gamble Sponsors UNICEF Effort To Save Babies In 25 Developing Countries

19 days ago From Forbes  

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - Every year 58,000 babies die from maternal and neonatal tetanus or MNT, all in the developing world. UNICEF, with support from Procter and ...

One month on, UNICEF calls for immediate and safe return of abducted school boys in Syria

19 days ago From UNICEF-press release 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AMMAN, 1 July 2014 – “UNICEF is following with grave concern the situation of some 140 Kurdish schoolboys between 14 and 16 years old who were ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Health News

Action Center

Melting glaciers giving rise to new lakes in Himachal Pradesh

Action: Climate Change

Melting of glaciers is resulting in the formation of smaller lakes in the high hills of Himachal Pradesh and is posing threat ...

Invasion of the oil palm: western Africa's native son returns, threatening great apes

Action: Wildlife Conservation

As palm oil producers increasingly look to Africa’s tropical forests as suitable candidates for their next plantations, prima ...

Almost 90,000 acres of wildlife-rich land saved in 12 months

Action: Stop Deforestation

Nearly 90,000 acres has been successfully protected by the World Land Trust (WLT), including areas in Bolivia and Mexico, sin ...

Hercules begins clean-up of contaminants along southern, eastern boundaries

Action: Stop Pollution

Hercules, Inc. has begun a clean-up of on and off-site contamination that the Environmental Protection Agency said will prote ...

30 new Marine Protected Areas for Scotland

Action: Save Our Oceans

The Scottish Government have announced they have given the go-ahead for 30 more Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), to protect a f ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright © The Charity Vault All rights reserved.