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Sudan Activates Anti FGM/C, Underage Marriage Campaign

Khartoum, Sudan Tribune website, 02 October 2017

Sudan Guidance and Endowments Ministry has re-activated an old campaign to fight female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C and underage marriage of child-girls with special focus on rural communities, a Ministry official said.

Based on a survey result released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in Sudan last year, the FGM/C or female circumcision of girls under 14 years of age declined from 37% to 31.5%, but voluntary associations, nevertheless, accentuated the high percentage of female circumcision amid the same age category, particularly in the countryside up to 65.5%.

The Director of Guidance and Orientation Department of the Ministry of Guidance and Endowments, El-Fatih Mokhtar Mohammed said the campaign: "Al-Moada Wa Al-Rahma (Love and Mercy) Campaign" launched by the Ministry in 2013 “seeks to lay down the foundations and improve the situation of women and children”.

“The campaign received positive response of international organizations and the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and found the acceptance of international conferences, Mokhtar said at a briefing on the campaign organized by relevant governmental entities in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for imams (congregational prayers leaders and preachers in mosques) and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Khartoum

He pointed out that “the initiative seeks to (argue in the way that is the best) through community dialogue targeting institutions to reach a clear vision for the abandonment of female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C) and underage marriage of child-girls".

Activists demanded the Government to intervene and impose further measures to curb the two phenomenon. The National Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) last December lodged on the Sudanese Parliament table a draft of 14 clauses for the protection of child-girls from FGM/C for inclusion in the draft of Sudan next Constitution.

The Ministry of Guidance and Endowments’ official said the initiative organized workshops and forums and a directory that includes the guidance, policies and methodology adopted by the initiative for communal reform, stressing that the campaign had spread in the different states of the Sudan with a positive impact.

The briefing highlighted the role and types of the community dialogue and the role of imams, preachers, journalists, decision-makers and legislatures in embracing the initiative to curb FGM/C and underage marriage of minor girls through platforms and by enacting laws and follow up enforcement thereof.

The participants elucidated the damages inflicted by the two phenomenon of FGM/C and underage marriages and stressed the need to inform the citizens of their risks and damages while focusing on rural areas on platforms and  rallies in playgrounds and public open spaces.

Sudan and some other countries did not join the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and entered into force in September 1981.

Sudan informed the European Union (EU), in November 2015 that it had prepared a national strategy for ending underage marriage of child and minor girls, but the official in charge of global women issues at the US State Department, Ambassador Catherine Russell said while visiting the Sudan in April 2016 that she looked forward for the enforcement of strong gender equality laws and enacting laws to raise the minimum age for marriage and prohibit FGM/C and address gender-based violence.

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Saleema: “every girl is born complete and her body should remain uncut”. One word only to describe a whole community’s efforts to end female genital mutilation (FGM). The Saleema Initiative is a communication campaign implemented in Sudan thanks to Unicef’s support to prevent and eradicate FGM practices among girls.

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Al-Jareeda Forum on Occasion of FGM Zero Tolerance Intel Day

Al-Jareeda Forum on Occasion of FGM Zero Tolerance Intel Day

Khartoum- 04 Feb 2016:

Al-Jareeda Newspaper Monthly Forum held last Thursday, 04 February 2016 at the newspaper’s headquarters. This month forum organized by Sima Center for Training and Protection of Women and Children on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation on February 6, saw the participation of a number of journalists, civil society activists and mass media.Sima Center Directress, Nahid Jabr Allah urged for the protection of women and swift response to the needs of the victims of female circumcision. She revealed the percentage of the female circumcision among females from 0 to 45 was 65.5% in 2010, saying the percentage decreased from 37% to 31% among the age group from 0 to 14 years. She, however, alleged reservation on statistical information. She cited the psychological, social, economic and health impacts of the crime of female circumcision and call for enacting a clear law to ban the female circumcision and activating the role of the relevant mechanisms, education and curricula. She pointed out to the main obstacle facing the work of civil society organizations and the restriction practiced on them. Nahid cited a number of cases of victims who were circumcised but the midwives were not held accountable, arguing that the offense passes unnoticed under the weakness of the law and follow-up and stressed the need for concerting efforts by the civil society organizations and the media to combat the female genital mutilation/ cutting (FGM/C).Nahid Jabr Allah concluded her speech saying: “We aspire for the establishment of a center for treatment of the victims of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in Sudan.

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