New Hampshire Protects Girls from FGM

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New Hampshire Protects Girls from FGM

Gov. Chris Sununu Signs HB1739 Into Law, Which Gives Women and Girls Freedom from Physical and Emotional Scars of Female Genital Mutilation

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The national #EndFGMToday initiative, led by international child advocate and attorney Elizabeth Yore, is applauding the state of New Hampshire, its lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu for protecting girls and women from female genital mutilation (FGM).

Sununu signed into law HB1739 earlier this month after #EndFGMToday worked with legislators to enact anti-FGM criminalization laws in New Hampshire. Yore also works with FGM survivors, helping them to tell their stories so that lawmakers will know the full, disturbing impact on women and girls, even decades after this cruel and unnecessary procedure.

This was the case in New Hampshire, as lawmakers heard from Kadi Doumbia, one of the millions of survivors around the world who endured the physical and emotional scars of FGM. The Mali native, who left her country at the age of 18 and has been in the U.S. for 24 years shared her story in person in front of New Hampshire legislative committees. Doumbia also shared her testimony in Connecticut and Illinois.

“We thank the state of New Hampshire, its lawmakers and Gov. Sununu for standing up for girls who are at risk for female genital mutilation,” Yore said. “When these lawmakers hear from an actual survivor of female genital mutilation, like Kadi Doumbia, the horrors of this practice become very real. We applaud this brave woman, and others like her, who are working to make sure that other little girls do not endure the same trauma they did. It’s because of the personal testimony of these survivors that laws now protect girls and women in New Hampshire.”

Yore noted that female genital mutilation is recognized by both the World Health Organization and the United Nations as a human rights violation perpetrated upon little girls and women. Over 200 million women worldwide have been subjected to this cruel and barbaric practice. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 513,000 girls and women are at risk of FGM in the United States. Twenty-six states and the federal government have criminalized FGM.

 Learn more about FGM at www.EndFGMToday.com or on social media at #EndFGMToday.

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