This is according to a Bill that will prohibit female genital mutilation.
The Bill has been amended to include the establishment of an advisory board on female genital mutilation in preparation for the next stage in Parliament, nominated MP Sophia Abdi Noor said.
Spells out mandate
The proposed law spells out the mandate and roles of board members, among other details that will be discussed by the committee behind the Bill in conjunction with representatives from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development.
The Bill, moved by Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi, has been through the second reading in Parliament and the lawmaker is confident it will sail through Parliament.
“The amendment stage is the easiest part of any Bill,” he said.
The proposed law will criminalise the practice and make those involved in its practice offenders.(I LOVE THIS)
“There are existing laws which touch on it but they have loopholes that expose girls to the process,” Mr Kapondi told an advocacy forum organised by the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association in Nairobi.
The Constitution protects women from harmful cultural practices. Article 27 (4) says no person should be compelled to undergo a cultural practice.(FINALY MY PEOPLE).
Article 55(d) states that the government shall take measures to protect the youth from harmful cultural practices and exploitation.
Section 14 of the Children’s Act of 2001 also protects children from harmful cultural practices.
WHEN WE FIGHT FGM WE DON'T FIGHT A CULTURE OR RELIGION WE FIGHT A CRIME!!
Assisting and advocating for U.S. refugees and women’s rights
Global Ambassador for Ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Chairperson of the Worldwide Campaign Against FGM
Leading in lobbying for HR 5137: The Girl's Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley and Rep. Mary Bono Mack.