WOSI backs passage of anti FGM law in West Africa

Women Solidarity Incorporated (WOSI) has expressed with great disappointment that women and girls are still being subjected to inhumane and gruesome treatments in the name of traditional Practices or culture in Liberia. Speaking to reporters recently, the Executive Director of WOSI, Mariam G Deah said while organizations respect culture, yet,…

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Girls could be flown abroad to undergo FGM during Christmas

Girls in the United Kingdom may be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) abroad during the Christmas holidays, authorities have warned after more than 1,000 new cases were recorded in just three months. The National FGM Centre said parents could plan the procedures during visits to see family, or…

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Bipartisan bill in Congress encourages states to improve FGM reporting

The House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3317, Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act; legislation introduced by Congress Members Dave Trott (R-MI) and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) to increase the federal penalty for female genital mutilation from 5 years to 15 years in prison and to encourage states to improve…

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Jaha’s Promise Becomes A Movement Against Female Genital Mutilation

As of 2016, it was estimated that at least 200 million girls and women across 30 countries had experienced female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM). This is the practice of partially or fully removing the external female genitalia and other forms of unnecessary injury, usually before the girl is 5 years old.…

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LEGISLATIVE TALLY: 2 bills O.K.’ed by local reps

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 231-198 in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill allows people with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states. Voting…

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How Women From The U.S. Could Be At Risk Of Genital Mutilation

Young women from the U.S. are at increasing risk of a dangerous ritual known as female genital mutilation. Federal law enforcement has launched an awareness campaign about “vacation cutting.” SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Federal law enforcement has launched an awareness campaign to try to stop what’s known as vacation cutting. That’s…

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Gov. Snyder signs legislation to lay framework for prior felons to gain employment with MDOC

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – A framework to allow individuals with a prior felony conviction to pursue employment at the Michigan Department of Corrections will be created under legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Rick Snyder. Creating opportunities for previous offenders to have successful reentry into society was one of the key priorities…

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House OKs bill to raise federal penalty for genital mutilation

In a bipartisan show of support, a proposed law to increase the federal penalty for female genital mutilation was passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 5. Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott, a Republican from Birmingham, the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act establishes a maximum 15-year prison…

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