Country Ghana
Year 2003
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

Brief Description


Criminal Code (Amendment) Act introduced Section 69A Female Circumcision.

(1) Whoever excises, infibulates or otherwise mutilates the whole or any part of the labia minora, labia majora and the clitoris of another person commits an offense and shall be guilty of a second degree felony and liable on conviction to imprisonment of not less than three years.

(2) For the purposes of this section "excise" means to remove the prepuce, the clitoris and all or part of the labia minora; "infibulate" includes excision and the additional removal of the labia majora.

In 2007, the Parliament amended the Article 69A:“Whoever carries out female genital mutilation and excises, infibulates or otherwise mutilates the whole or any part of the labia minora, labia majora and the clitoris of another person commits an offense, and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than ten years. 

Source of Information

International Labor Organization

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