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Sudan bans Female genital mutilation with deadly penalty

Sudan declares female genital mutilation (FGM) illegal by imposing a sentence of three years in prison.

FMG or female circumcision is the removal of some or all of the external female genital mutilation for various reasons and is most common in countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

On April 22, the Sudanese government approved an amendment to their criminal law. Anyone who carries out procedures anywhere must face up to three years in prison and fines.

The United Nations estimates that 87 percent of Sudanese women aged between 14 and 49 years have been circumcised from women, with their inner labia, outer labia or clitoris removed.

Sudan is considered one of the countries where IPY prevalence is very high, although sources report a 14-0 decline in the age group from 37 percent in 2010 to 31.5 in 2014.

"This practice is not just a violation of every girl's rights. It is dangerous and has a serious impact on her physical and mental health," said a UNICEF representative in Sudan.

"So the government and society need to take immediate action to end this practice. Every girl deserves to be a salesema."

In 2015, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan then signed a federal law banning female circumcision in Nigeria in an important decision that initiated such a movement in Africa.

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