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Obama joins fight against FGM

Welfare | By Girl Effect Team

Following the landmark UN resolution against female genital mutilation (Intensifying Global Efforts for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilations), US president Barack Obama has strengthened the policy developments with further legislation.

A new act, 'Transport for Female Genital Mutilation', has now been signed by Obama and passed as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2013.

In a blog for the Huffington Post, Yasmeen Hassan, global director of international human rights organisation Equality Now, says that this new legislation sends a clear message to all: that FGM is a criminal act that carries serious consequences.

Explaining the potential of a global consensus on FGM, she writes that to be effective, legislation must be coupled with education and widespread cooperation: "The collective assumption of our responsibility and accountability in protecting vulnerable girls is both a social and legal necessity."

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