Her Voice Matters – Fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is FGM

Female genital mutilation (FGM) (also known as female genital cutting, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the vulva without medical implications. More on the topic:

UN website „International Day Zero Toleration of FGM, 6.th Feb“
WHO (World Health Organisation)
Wikipedia article

FGM in Gambia is prohibited since 2015, but …

… on 6 February 2024 of all days – the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – a member of the National Assembly tabled a bill to decriminalize the practice. He referred to cultural and religious traditions, the practice of which the state must guarantee. The majority of MPs did not agree with him and rejected the proposal. FGM thus remains prohibited, but the proposal caused an upspring in public debates. Thus, let’s see the situation as a chance! Because, girls whose mothers have been able to come to terms with the issue have a higher chance of being spared.

UNICEF on the power of education

FGM in Gambia’s statistics

UNICEF-Report Gambia 2021

Strong Gambian opinionleaders reject FGM – our network is amongst them

Women’s rights activists, midwives, religious dignitaries and many others speak out and contribute their views to the discourse:

Our Statement as GBG Association – an Open Letter to the public: FGM is inacceptable

FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – is a human rights violation and must no longer be practiced. Let’s stop FGM together!

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Informationen and News on the Debate

Dr. Isatou Touray, former Vice President
Facebook site „Stop FGM in Gambia“
WILL – Women in Liberation & Leadership
africa.com, 07. March 2024
africanews.com, 06. March 2024
BBC News, 05. March 2024
Kerrfatou.com, 04. March 2024
ibanet.com, International Bar Association. The global voice of legal profession, 08. Jan. 2024

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Translated partly with DeepL.com (free version)