Stop FGM in Massachusetts!
Tell State Legislators to Support Anti-FGM Legislation in Massachusetts
Massachusetts must pass anti-FGM law
FGM is recognized by the federal government as violence and a form of child abuse and internationally as a human rights violation, constituting torture and an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. FGM has no health benefits, it only causes harm, and more than half of U.S. states already have laws against it. In order to protect women and girls, every state needs to ban FGM. Massachusetts could be the next state to do so!
In January, Bill H.4606 was introduced in Massachusetts and was subsequently referred to the Joint Judiciary Committee. If passed, this bill would criminalize FGM in Massachusetts, provide for community education on the subject, and allow those who had been victims of FGM seek a civil remedy.
Take action: Tell your Massachusetts State Legislator to vote in favor of H.4606 and protect girls in Massachusetts from FGM! If you don’t live in Massachusetts, you can take action here instead.
Do More: Equality Now serves on the inaugural steering committee member of the brand new U.S. End FGM/C Network, and the Network is accepting applications for membership. If you or your organization would like to learn more, you can find an application here.