CAIRO – 21 March 2021: Egypt’s Senate (the Upper House of the Parliament), chaired by Speaker Counselor Abdel, has finally approved a bill amending some provisions of the Penal Code No. 58 of 1937 regarding toughening the penalty for female genital mutilation (FGM)
The draft law, which has been drafted and submitted by the government and has been approved during the plenary session, aims to confront the FGM phenomenon, stressing that this crime violates the sanctity of the body.
FGM is one of the worst crimes & violations affecting women psychologically and physically. Therefore, combating FGM is one of the major constitutional and legal commitments of the Egyptian Government.
The new amendments stipulated that whoever conducts female gentile mutilation by removing part of the female’s genitals or modifying, mutilating, or inflicting injuries to those organs shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of no less than five years.