Gambia: Committee welcomes amendment that criminalizes FGM

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Committee on Harmful Traditional Practices (Gamcotrap) has welcomed the amendment to the Women Act 2010 that criminalizes the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

“Gamcotrap is extremely happy that a struggle which landed two of the senior management staff in prison has yielded fruits,” Dr. Isatou Touray said on Wednesday. “Going to prison was worth it for the sake of the innocent children who were never informed of what was going to happen to them. It was worth going through the ordeals.”

The National Assembly in Banjul made the amendment on Monday, following years of attempts by activist groups like Gamcotrap to enact a law against it.

Dr. Isatou said Gamcotrap appreciates the good gesture from President Yahya Jammeh in calling for a ban on FGM.

She said the passage of the bill makes The Gambia the 27th country in sub-Saharan Africa to legislate against FGM, and that it would create an enabling and conducive environment for further sensitization of the remaining communities to abandon FGM.

Before the President spoke on the need to ban FGM last month, some 1,015 communities and 158 ex-circumcisers had made an informed choice to abandon the practice, according to Gamcotrap.
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30 december 2015 20:42:32

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