The Gambia must not repeal its ban on FGM — a global issue
  • opinion Written by Arimatu Dimonekene (London)
  • interpress service

The report revealed that more than 230 million girls and women worldwide have undergone FGM. This is an increase of 15 percent, or more than 30 million girls and women, compared to data published eight years ago. The largest share of the global burden is in African countries, with more than 144 million infected people, followed by Asia with more than 80 million and the Middle East with more than 6 million.

as Sixty-eighth Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) Last week, I concluded that I became particularly concerned about women and girls in The Gambia. Our excitement quickly faded as supporters from all over the world arrived in New York to take part in the annual event hosted by the United Nations.

Just a few hours ago, we were reminded by our Gambian colleagues that religious leaders (mainly men, including politicians) have heard about a law banning the practice of FGM passed by former President Yahya Janet about a decade ago. I knew I was voting for repeal. At the time, this law saved thousands of girls and women who were subject to this devastating human rights violation.

It was a shock. But as world leaders scrambled to decide what to do and say in the wake of the news, the following African women were at issue: Jaha Doucouré From safe hands for girls, Fatu Balde MBE From women’s liberation and leadership, Nimco Ali OBE He is from the Five Foundations who provided leadership during our most difficult times.

Survivors and activists continued to pursue us relentlessly. Within days, many of us took to the media and wherever we could gather in our communities to say no to repealing the law.

This is a critical time for the FGM campaign, which could have an even more negative impact on women and girls in The Gambia. This fight is not simply about abolishing FGM laws; if successful, this would mean a widespread rollback of other fundamental rights for women and girls.

Gender and Children’s Affairs Minister Fatu Kinte said in a statement at the CSW68 meeting:Rights cannot be given to women if women’s rights continue to be violated.” But this same government is putting them at risk.

World leaders must confront the so-called religious leaders, including Imam Fatih, who issued this very carefully planned document. fatwa, even though FGM is still illegal. Leaders like Imam Fatih are determined to reverse the progress made in The Gambia over the past decade. His sentence has already cost lives. Because immediately after his statement, many families had already received threats to decapitate their daughters.

I hope people like British Foreign Secretary David Cameron will now stand up to support Gambian women. In 2014, under his leadership; Girl Summit will be held in collaboration with UNICEF with the theme “A future free from FGM, children and forced marriage” It was held. This helped fuel the groundbreaking efforts that led to Prohibition. During that summit, guest speakerI was very happy to hear about the action and funding efforts.

As an activist, global advocate, speaker, and mother of FGM survivors, I urge him and all government representatives around the world to support women like me, the grassroots activists on the front lines. We urge you to provide direct funding immediately. In this battle.

Leaders will also sanction those who support calls to end the ban on FGM, while ultimately forcing countries like Sierra Leone to enact laws to protect and protect girls and women from FGM once and for all. We should demand that sustainable policies be implemented.

Ant Pine Jimoneken MBEis a leading advocate for the rights of women and girls in the UK.

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