Gambian President Announces Immediate FGM Ban

The Guardian: The Gambia bans female genital mutilation
“The Gambia has announced it will ban female genital mutilation (FGM) after The Guardian launched a global campaign to end the practice. The president, Yahya Jammeh, said [November 23] that the controversial surgical intervention would be outlawed. He said the ban would come into effect immediately, though it was not clear when the government would draft legislation to enforce it…” (Lyons, 11/24).

Huffington Post: Gambia Bans Female Genital Mutilation
“… ‘The ban is an essential first step towards ending FGM,’ Mary Wandia, FGM program manager at Equality Now, said in a statement provided to the Huffington Post. ‘A law must now be enacted and … the government needs to show strong commitment and prioritize this issue in a country where three quarters of women have been affected and reductions in prevalence have been slow to materialize’…” (Goldberg, 11/24).