Maya Morsy, President of the National Council for Women (NCW), said a draft law to toughen penalties on the female genital mutilation (FGM) has been finalised, given the experience in the practical application of the current FGM law, as Egyptian females need more protection.
She also explained that the draft law also widens the FGM criminalisation scope and redefines the act of FGM as a deformity.
During a press conference on 14 June, which marks the National Day Against FGM in Egypt, Morsy said the draft law also provides a solution for those healthcare staff taking part in FGM operations, and defining it as a crime against the medical profession. The Legislative committee has also studied addressing the issue of FGM in the Child Law and its bylaws.
Meanwhile, the National Committee to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), chaired by the National Council for Women and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, has renewed its commitment to eradicating FGM in Egypt.
The conference was held in the presence of the committee’s members from the relevant ministries, judicial authorities, religious representatives from Egypt’s Islamic and Christian communities, and concerned civil society organisations.
Morsy said the day would only increase the council’s determination and persistence to eliminate the practice. She noted that, despite national efforts to eliminate the crime, some families still insist on enforcing the practice on their daughters.
Morsy called upon parents to protect their daughters from FGM, as well as the Ministry of Religious Endowment to enlighten minds through Friday sermons and a continued addressing of the issue. She added that as some falsely connect the practice to Islam, awareness is needed on the true religious perspective.
Morsy has praised the role of Egypt’s Al-Azhar, led by Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb for his support of Egyptian women. She noted that this has contributed to delivering the true essence of Islamic religion that is respectful of women.
Sahar El-Sonbaty, Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, said, “On this day, we announce our coordinated efforts and renewed commitment to eliminate FGM, so that we guarantee the fulfilment of our children’s right to a healthy upbringing without any kind of violence or violation.”
“We had to coordinate our efforts to confront and eliminate FGM through … which comes in line with the strategic framework and national plan of childhood and motherhood 2018-2030 and Egypt’s vision 2030 & the SDGs,” El-Sonbaty added.