Ward 3 D.C. Council-member Mary Cheh has authored a bill that would ban female genital mutilation in the District.
Cheh’s bill, “The Female Genital Mutilation Prohibition Act of 2021” would stop the practice of mutilating and cutting female reproductive organs. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) usually occurs among women in Muslim-oriented countries. In a letter to Nyasha Smith, secretary of the council, in filing the bill on Nov. 19, 2021, Cheh wrote “FGM/C has no valid medical purpose and causes extensive, lifelong harm to the physical wellbeing of our young women.”
Read more here.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense