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KENYA: Kenyan Parliament To Debate Female Genital Mutilation Bill

The Kenyan parliament is set to debate a proposed bill outlawing female genital mutilation in the African nation.

Any person who subjects a woman to the practice will receive a punitive punishment if the bill, submitted by Mt. Elgon MP Fred Kapondi, goes through.

People who force women to undergo female genital mutilation could face a prison sentence of three years and a fine of around one million shillings (£7,350).

Under the proposed bill, people who bring women from other African countries in order to undergo the practice in Kenya will also face punishments.

Recently, non-governmental organisation Tostan told AFP the representatives of nearly 90 villages in Senegal and Mali were meeting together to discuss ways to outlaw the practice in the African countries.

They decided they wanted to stop female genital mutilation when they met at a ceremony in eastern Senegal.

"This [declaration] is a means of helping people to promote our strategy across borders," Tostan's national coordinator, Kalidou Sy, told the news provider.

SOURCE: International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

AUTHOR: Paul Robertson

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DATE: 29/04/2011

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