Gambia bans FGM

Gambia_(orthographic_projection_with_inset).svgThe Gambia has banned female genital mutilation, oddly enough during their election season.

The issue would seem to be straightforward, but as usual, it’s complicated. For starters, it is traditionally one of the few ways women–especially older women–have of making money, as a midwife sort of thing, in a job that can not be easily usurped by men. For another thing, Muslim imams and clerics have sometimes been recruited to help in the effort to educate young people about the dangers of infection and complications of childbirth.

The Wikipedia article on FMG has been recently updated and was a featured on the main page in February.



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