Sudan Criminalises Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
BBC News - Sudan, Africa, 5/1/2020
Reportedly, Sudan has criminalized female genital mutilation (FGM), making it punishable by three years in jail. On April 22, 2020 the Sudanese government approved an amendment to its criminal legislation, stating that anyone who performs FGM either inside a medical establishment or elsewhere faces three years' imprisonment and a fine. Women's rights groups advocated that the punishment would help end FGM. As per United Nations data, almost nine out of 10 women and girls in Sudan have undergone FGM. The procedure usually involves the partial or total removal of the female genitalia and can cause a host of health problems.