Every U.S. State Needs a Law Against FGM! - Equality Now

Every U.S. State Needs a Law Against FGM!

Tell Governors to Support Anti-FGM Legislation in Each State

Take Action to end FGM in your state

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a human rights violation and a form of discrimination against women and girls. The reasons underlying its practice are numerous and varied, and ultimately serve to control women and girls’ sexuality. FGM has no health benefits, it only causes harm.

You’ve probably heard about many cases of FGM in other countries, but you might be surprised to know that this harmful practice happens in the U.S. as well, across religious, cultural, and socioeconomic groups. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that over half a million girls and women in the United States have experienced or are at risk of FGM. Despite the risk to women and girls, there are still several U.S. states that have not enacted laws criminalizing FGM.

When some states have laws criminalizing FGM and others don’t, it can result in girls being taken across state lines to have FGM performed in a state without an anti-FGM law. To ensure this can’t happen, we need to urge ALL states to have strong, well-enforced laws against FGM.

Take action: If you’re from a state that has a law against FGM, please tell your Governor you support the law, and urge its effective implementation, including a budget for education, training and prevention. If you’re from a state without a law, please tell your Governor to support anti-FGM legislation in your state, and pledge to sign it into law when passed. The action form to the right will automatically detect which category your state is in when you enter your information. If you are from Massachusetts, there is a bill pending right now - take action here!

Learn more: Check out our information page about FGM in the US, and read about the laws state-by-state in more detail.

Do More: Equality Now serves on the inaugural steering committee member of the 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.