The United Nations System in The Gambia has commended the President of the Republic of The Gambia for banning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in The Gambia on 23rd November 2015, on the eve of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
This was contained in a press release sent to this paper yesterday.
According to the release this announcement is a symbolic step towards the elimination of the harmful practice of FGM, which affects 76% of the female population.
FGM, it says, reflects deep‐rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
‘‘In December 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/69/150 ‘Intensifying global efforts for the elimination of female genital mutilations’, calling upon Member States to develop, support and implement comprehensive and integrated strategies for the prevention of FGM’’.
‘‘The UN System in The Gambia stands ready to assist the Government through support to the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination Against Women, issued in July 2015, in which among others they recommend to: expedite the adoption of the Anti‐FGM legislation, raise awareness of health practitioners regarding female genital mutilation and the remedies and assistance available to victims, including psychological counselling and as well provide alternative means of livelihood for practitioners of female genital mutilation,” the media release concluded.