The Irish government shall provide “culturally appropriate” training to teachers and doctors in order to “treat and identify” cases of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to a spokesperson for Amnesty International Ireland.
The Seanad last month banned the practice of FGM in Ireland. It is also made it illegal for someone to take a girl abroad to have the procedure performed.
“This legislation needed to be brought in because of previous loopholes regarding extraterritorial jurisdiction,” said Eilís Ní Chaithnía, Campaigns Officer at Amnesty International Ireland. “There is no evidence that FGM is being carried out on Irish soil, but the risk is greatest when parents are returning to their home country with their children. Pressure is often placed on the parents there to have it done.”
FGM is not a religious practice but a cultural one. Girls are often subjected to FGM in order to make them more acceptable to society by ‘purifying’ their sexuality and raising their value as wives, rather than to purposely harm them.
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