“It Takes More Than a Law to Stop the Cut”

Two of every three women in the Sudanese state of Southern Kordofan have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

In the state, FGM/C is held up as a means of purification and cleansing. It is usually performed on girls at the age of six.

In November 2008, Southern Kordofan’s male-dominated legislative council passed a law prohibiting FGM/C, under which offenders would face imprisonment.

Additionally, a national strategy of complete cessation of FGM/C within 10 years was introduced in 2008.

Nevertheless, many feel that, regarding FGM/C, words may not necessarily translate into action immediately. Promising to end the practice is one thing. Actually ending it is another.

Those who undergo FGM/C often experience severe bleeding, blood poisoning, pregnancy complications, and pain during sexual intercourse.

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