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Gambian Parliament debates on FGM Bill

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons, and it has been tagged a violation of girls and women’s rights in the Western world and certain African countries. FGM is a controversial topic that has been debated in different institutions and parliaments. A recent visit on the topic is the deliberation in the Gambian parliament.

On March 18, 2024, the Gambian lawmakers debated on whether or not to repeal a previous ban on female genital mutilation. The bill to ban the practice was passed in 2015, however, Gambian is set to become the first country to reverse a ban on FGM. The predominantly male parliament of 47 members got a 42 to 4 vote to reverse the ban. The Gambian National Assembly moves to reverse the ban to “uphold religious loyalty and safeguard cultural norms and values.”

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