Sudan’s head of state, the Sovereign Council, passed the law this Friday ratifying the criminalization of female genital mutilation, an old practice that is still widespread in the Arab country.
“The passage of these new laws and amendments is an important step in reforming the judicial system so that the motto of the revolution: freedom, peace and justice,” said Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.
The Justice Department has released a statement highlighting that this practice of female genital mutilation “affects the dignity of women”. In practice, it criminalizes female circumcision and recognizes, among other things, the right to accompany their children outside the country.
Already in May, the government approved an amendment to the criminal code, which provides for a sentence of up to three years for those responsible for female genital mutilation.