Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country, effective immediately. The campaign to end the practice in Gambia was started by a young activist, Jaha Dukureh. 76% of women in Gambia has been subjected to FGM making President Jammeh’s announcement especially significant. Gambia joins Nigeria and 18 other countries in Africa that have banned the practice.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense