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Australia’s Highest Court Rules Female Genital Mutilation Illegal in All Forms

Around 200 million girls and women globally have undergone some form of FGM.

Australia’s most powerful court ruled Wednesday that female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in all its “various forms.”

  • Madeleine Keck
  • Global Citizen

In a huge victory for women’s rights, the judgment by Australia’s High Court has alleviated the uncertainty and debate around the words ‘mutilation’ and ‘clitoris’ — which has previously allowed convicted individuals to be acquitted of their crimes.

The ruling will now negate the release of three people who, in 2015, were found guilty of performing FGM on…

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