Egypt’s health ministry says female genital mutilation will end by 2030

Published February 7th, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
Egypt hopes to end female circumcision by 2030
Egypt hopes to end female circumcision by 2030

After being delivered a message from UN General Ban Ki-moon on the International Day of Zero Intolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, Egypt’s Health Minister Ahmed Emad Eddine said that Egypt will celebrate the day as a day which conforms to the 2015-2030 national plans to end FGM.

After a 2014 national poll indicated that there is a high rate of surgical female circumcisions carried out by medical practitioners and surgeons in Egypt, he added that the day will also mark the beginning of an initiative called “Doctors Against FGM.” This initiative hopes to bring together doctors from all over the country in an effort to end female genital mutilation.

Nine in ten women between the ages of 15 to 49 were subjects of FGM according to a national survey taken in Egypt in 2015.

Also in 2015, After an Egyptian doctor performed a fatal circumcision that killed 13-year-old Soheir al-Batea, he received a two year jail sentence for his crime.

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