Female Genital Mutilation Bill (Report)

A bill has been presented in the Gambian parliament aiming to repeal the ban imposed in 2015, the ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia. This bill has stirred up controversy, as it argues that the ban violates citizens’ rights to practice their culture and religion. While some believe that FGM is a requirement of Islam, others, particularly anti-FGM advocates, highlight the harmful physical and psychological effects of the practice on girls and women.

The bill’s presentation has divided public opinion, with influential Muslim clerics and some supporters rallying for its repeal, while women’s rights activists are campaigning for the ban to remain intact. The bill’s champion, lawmaker Almammeh Gibba, argues that the practice, if done properly, cannot be described as mutilation.

This development is significant not only for The Gambia but also for the broader discussion around FGM globally. It reflects the ongoing debate between cultural and religious traditions and the protection of human rights, particularly women’s rights.

It’s essential to keep an eye on further developments regarding this bill and the discussions within the Gambian parliament, as it will have implications for the rights and well-being of girls and women in the country.

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