Submissions open on female genital mutilation legislation
Thu 19 Dec 2019
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).
For more information on female genital mutilation (FGM) see the World Health Organization fact sheet on Female Genital Mutilation.
Our Issues Paper #14, Ethnic perspectives on family violence in Aotearoa New Zealand, examines FGM as one of several "...forms of violence sanctioned by traditional practices that are endorsed by cultural conventions of particular groups".
Also see the following research articles:
- New Zealand should intensify efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030: the views of women from communities that practice FGM/C (2018) by Ayan Said, Cath Conn, and Shoba Nayar
- Female Genital Mutilation Challenges in practice and policy within New Zealand (2014) by Ayan Said and Peter Simunovich