Gambia: Gambia becomes 27th country in sub-Saharan Africa to legislate against FGM

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia has become the 27th country in sub-Saharan Africa to legislate against female genital mutilation (FGM) with the passing of the Women’s Amendment Act 2010 bill to prohibit female circumcision and matters connected therein, PANA reported Tuesday.

On Monday, the bill was presented to the National Assembly members by the vice president and minister for women affairs, Isatou Njie-Saidy, who said that the the Women’s Act, referred to as the Principal Act, was amended by inserting immediately after section 32 the following new section:

Section 32A “prohibition of female circumcision”: A person shall not engage in female circumcision, and a person who engages in female circumcision commits an offence and liable for a conviction.”

PANA reports that the FGM sensitisation programme had made no impact on Gambian lawmakers despite attempts to engage them by the committee on harmful traditional practices. GAMCOTRAP, since 2004.

Over the years, campaigners like Gamcotrap had criticized the lack of ‘political will” to legislate against FGM.

In a statement, Gamcotrap the passage of a bill would create an enabling and conducive environment for further necessary sensitization of the remaining communities to abandon FGM.
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29 december 2015 14:38:24

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