CAIRO: A new campaign, aims to fight female genital mutilation (FGM,) will be launched on June 14 marking Egypt’s National Anti-FGM Day, Minister of Population Hala Youssef told Youm7 Thursday.
The launch will be attended by the Head of the European Delegation to Egypt James Moran, Resident Representative for the United Nations programs in Egypt Anita Niordy and Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy.
The details of the campaign, dubbed “Stop FGM against Girls” will be presented at the event. The attendees are scheduled to discuss the possibility of issuing a law criminalizing the FGM, Youssef said, adding that anti-FGM prominent figures will be honored by the aforementioned speakers during the one-day event.
FGM has been criminalized in Egypt since 2008.
A total of 92 percent of married Egyptian women have gone through female genital mutilation, according to the 2014 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS,) Minister of Health Adel Adawy said in a conference in May.
The numbers decrease among girls aged 15-17 to 60 percent, according to the survey.