Egyptian government allocates funds to curb female genital mutilation

News article, posted 05.22.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egyptian government allocates funds to curb female genital mutilation (Photo: Al-Masry Al-Youm)

Minya Governorate will collaborate with the National Council for Women to allocate LE450,000 to a Minya village to raise awareness about the dangers of female genital mutilation and improve residents’ living conditions, according to the governor.

Governor Serag Eddin al-Ruby said that the money would go toward holding training courses to help change the custom of female genital mutilation.

Ruby made the announcement at a ceremony held by Al-Orman Charity to distribute 40 cattle to families in Minya.

On 19 April, the Child Rescue Line, operated by the National Council for Women, received reports from residents of Abu Aziz village saying that the Freedom and Justice Party sent a medical convoy to the village to perform the practice, also called female circumcision, on girls, which outraged citizens and civil society organizations.

Female genital mutilation is widely practiced in Egypt and Sudan, along with some other African countries. Most Arab and Islamic countries view it as a crime, but some people believe it was approved by the Prophet Mohamed.