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Submissions open on female genital mutilation legislation

December 20, 2019 at 12:46 PM

From the NZFVC

Submissions are open on the Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill.

The deadline to make a submission is 27 January 2020.

The Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill would amend the Crimes Act 1961 to update the definition of female genital mutilation to align with international standards.

The Office of the Clerk press release states that the bill would:

"...update the definition of FGM in the New Zealand Crimes Act, to align with standard World Health Organisation (WHO) classifications of types of FGM and international best practice recommendations. It signals that no form of FGM is acceptable, as it is an abuse of girls and women."

The bill is a cross-party members' bill jointly sponsored by Jenny Marcroft (NZ First), Priyanca Radhakrishnan (Labour), Golriz Ghahraman (Green), and Jo Hayes (National).

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