Georgian government bans FGM

The Georgian government has approved a package of amendments to outlaw female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country.

It will bring Georgia in line with the provisions of the Council of Europe (CoE) Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Georgia signed the Convention in 2014 and is now ready to ratify it.

The new law will introduce Article 133, which will make FGM a criminal act. The country will also tighten laws against domestic violence, stalking and forced sterilisation.

In November 2016, it was reported by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) that some Kakheti villages were practicing FGM.

Georgia’s public defender, Ucha Nanuashvili, began looking into the situation after the report was released. Representatives visited the area in question and confirmed that the practice was indeed being carried out on girls and women.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801831619-ADNFCR