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Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2024

Jaha Dukureh Urges National Assembly to Uphold Ban on FGM Legislation

Jaha Dukureh, founder of Safe Hands for Girls and Future in our Hands Gambia representatives, has called on the National Assembly members to maintain the ban on the contentious FGM legislation. 

She made this statement yesterday while presenting their position papers on repealing Female Genital Mutilation to the National Assembly Joint Committee on Health, Disaster, Humanitarian Relief and Refugees, and Gender, Children and Social Welfare.

Jaha Dukureh, the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, shared her personal experience with FGM. She mentioned, “As someone who has lived through this practice, for the last ten years since I started speaking out about my own experiences with FGM, I’ve heard people dehumanize me, accuse me of lying, and claim that external influences are behind our efforts to speak out against harmful cultural practices.”

She emphasized the importance of upholding the ban on FGM to protect women and girls from harmful practices, as outlined in various global, regional protocols, conventions, and agreements signed and ratified by The Gambia. 

She highlighted the threat posed by the Women Amendment Bill 2024 to addressing gender-based violence, specifically FGM, and promoting the socio-economic well-being of girls in The Gambia. Safe Hands for Girls (SHfG) reaffirmed its commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to end FGM and other forms of gender-based violence while empowering women in the country.

Safe Hands For Girls and Our Future voiced concerns about the parliament’s efforts to repeal the legislation. 

The Women’s Amendment Bill was introduced by National Assembly Member Almameh Gibba, with the aim to repeal the existing ban and permit ancient cultural practices for those advocating the act’s repeal. 

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