Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 1.18.31 PMNigeria made history by outlawing female genital mutilation. The  Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 was passed in the senate on May 5 and enacted at last week.

This was one of the last acts by the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan. His successor, Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn into office Friday, May 29.

In a 2013 report from UNICEF, it stated that 19.9 million girls and women ages 15 to 49 have undergone genital mutilation in Nigeria. With the banning of genital mutilation, many are hoping that the act will be lessened and eventually stopped.

Stella Mukasa, director of Gender, Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women, explains the complexity of the implementation of the new law banning FGM/C.

“It is crucial that we scale up efforts to change traditional cultural views that underpin violence against women,” she wrote in an article for “The Guardian.” “Only then will this harmful practice be eliminated.”

With the banning of genital mutilation in Nigeria, women’s rights groups and supporters can only hope that the ban will spread to other nations.


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  • Ms. Vee

    Thank you Nigeria. Now if the rest of the African nations could put an end to this barbaric savagery.

    • tigerthelion

      true, but it’s worth noting that FGM is not practiced in over half of african nations and according to WHO, over 24 nations already have laws in the books to combat it.

      I hope someday, we can start the conversation on ending male genital mutilation as well.

    • Brad

      That’s ok..
      I like not having any extra skin ;-)

    • Ms. Vee

      I feel you on that. Keep in mind removing the clitoris is analgous to removing the entire tip of the penis. Not just the foreskin.

  • [email protected]

    Nigeria did the right thing. All nations of the world should end this brutal action.

  • _a_

    I remember when my teacher brought this up as a topic of discussion in one of my classes. There was this one African man in my class who was stopping at nothing try to convince everyone that this was right smh.

  • Noirluv45

    This is truly wonderful news. I hope this ban spreads to other nations where this horrible atrocity is practiced.