Malawi Government rejected a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Council that would have forced it to criminalize Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The revelations, made during a 2015 Universal Periodic review (UPR) dissemination workshop in Lilongwe, will likely affect the country’s position on its commitment to women’s rights.
UPR is an exercise undertaken with support from the United Nation Human Rights Council which keeps track of human rights performances and abuses among member states.
There is currently no evidence to suggest that some communities in Malawi mutilate (alter or cause injury) with intent the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
FGM is considered a human rights violation and the United Nations has been urging member states to make the exercise illegal as part of promoting women’s rights.
Malawi was given 20 recommendations bordering on the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality as well as the prevention of violence against women.
Malawi accepted the other 19 recommendations.