18 Jul 2016
Following the December 2015 hearing, the Joint Committee on the Judiciary voted favorably on the anti-FGM bill. However, the bill was stripped down to only provide for public education and awareness raising on FGM, and would no longer make FGM a crime in Massachusetts or provide protections for victims. While Equality Now and our partner, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, are very disappointed, we are not giving up.
We are exploring new strategies to ensure that FGM is criminalized in Massachusetts to protect girls from this human rights violation. If you live in Massachusetts, please keep calling on your Senator and Representative to ban FGM, and stay tuned for more on how you can support this campaign! Thank you.