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Gambia to repeal the ban on female circumcision

The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) calls on the Gambian government to reconsider the ban on female circumcision or female genital mutilation(FGM)

The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council(GSIC) calls on the Gambian government to reconsider the ban on female circumcision or female genital mutilation(FGM) because they believe it is part of the Islamic tradition.

Former president of the Republic of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, banned FGM in 2015 and was among a string of African countries to ban the traditional practice.

Honourable Almameh Gibba, a National Assembly member, tabled the bill to repeal the ban.

The vice president of GSIC, Cadi Secka, asserts that female circumcision is considered legitimate and legal in Islam based on several established hadiths on the authority of the Prophet, adding that Muslim jurists have different opinions on whether it is obligatory or a recommended act of Sunnah.

According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund(UNICEF), Africa accounts for the largest share of the total 230 million women who have undergone FGM.

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