Nigeria Outlaws Female Genital Mutilation
Nigeria’s outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed an anti-female genital mutilation (FGM) bill into law last week.
According to UNICEF, 25% of Nigerian women between the ages of 15–49 have been subjected to FGM. The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act will protect against FGM as well as other discriminatory practices including throwing spouses out of the home, and traditions that discriminate against widows.
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