Criminalization of FGM … Why?

No. of pages: 10

Publication date: 30 November 2011

Author: UNFPA

In June 2008, The Egyptian Parliament passed the Child law no. 12 of 1996 amended by law 126 of 2008 that was submitted by the National Council for Childhood. The amendments included an article that criminalizes FGM, and furthermore the Parliament incorporated this article in the criminal code (article 242 bis).

Many people still have questions about the article (242 bis) that criminalizes FGM and the reasons behind the criminalization, the penalties will be applied and is the physician’s penalty for performing FGM similar to that of the midwife, and who has the right to lodge a complaint about FGM, and how?
This booklet responds to all these above questions, in order to acquaint the public with comprehensive information on the logic behind the new law and how it will be enforced.