Zanzibar's parliament recently passed a bill outlawing homosexuality. According to BBC News, people in lesbian and gay relationships can now face penalties of up to 25 years in prison. Zanzibar’s president is expected to sign the bill into law.
Zanzibar is located in East Africa and has a predominantly Muslim society. Islamic groups have called to impose more puritanical laws in Zanzibar, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Media Resources: BBC News 3/23/04; 4/14/04; San Diego Union-Tribune 3/26/04
7/29/2014 Extensive Female Genital Mutilation Study To Be Conducted in the US - The Obama administration plans to conduct a large study on female genital mutilation (FGM) to try to assess how many girls and women in the US are at risk, and how many have already experienced, FGM.
According to experts, FGM tends to take place during summer break when parents take their daughter outside of the country for the practice.
Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old woman who grew up in Gambia, experienced FGM there, and then child marriage in the US, started a petition that gained more than 220,000 supporters. . . .