Amnesty International launched a campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Europe in 2009Lensmen

New legislation has outlawed female genital mutilation in Ireland, where over 3,000 women are believed to have undergone the procedure.

A bill outlawing the practise was passed into law in the Irish parliament on Wednesday.
Under the new law the practise is now prohibited as is taking a girl abroad to have FGM performed.

Any Irish residents in breach of the new law face prosecution and jail.

A report on the quotes AkiDwA, the network of African and migrant women in Ireland which had campaigned for the legislation, as saying that said that the new bill sends a clear message to parents and guardians that FGM will not be tolerated.

Senator Ivana Bacik, who first proposed the Bill, said that the legislation had been long overdue in a country where over 3,000 female residents are believed to have undergone FGM.

Bacik said: “International research shows the enormous dangers to the health of women and girls represented by the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

“This is a pressing issue in this country, particularly for migrant women and girls and their families”.