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Friday, December 10, 2010

Ugandan parliament outlawed female genital mutilation

On December 10, 2009, the Ugandan Parliament voted unanimously to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM). Under the legislation, anyone who conducts the procedure faces a 10-year prison sentence, and anyone convicted of aggravated FGM faces life imprisonment. Aggravated FGM would include situations where the woman dies, is disabled or is infected with HIV/AIDS.

Ugandan coat of arms

Learn more about female genital mutilation from the World Health Organization.

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