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IRELAND: Ireland Considers Female Genital Mutilation Ban

It was reported last week that Irish Minister for Health Mary Harney is examining the possibility of introducing specific legislation to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ireland. The director of the network of African women living in Ireland, Akina Dada wa Africa (AkiDwA), Salome Mbugua, said she would welcome such legislation but it “must include the principle of extraterritorially to reduce the risk to immigrant girls and women being taken abroad for the purpose of genital mutilation”.

She also said that asylum processes must "take account of FGM and gender-based violence as a form of persecution.” Watch: FGM - No Way Home, shortlisted for the 2009 Connect-World student Digital Media Award.

SOURCE: Connect-World

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DATE: 31/03/2009

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