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Monday, November 30, 2015

UN Rep commends Jammeh for banning FGM

By Abdoulie Nget

The top official of the United Nations in The Gambia, Ms Ade Mamonyane Lekoeje, has commended President Yahya Jammeh for the decision to ban female genital mutilation in the country.
Lekoeje, who is the UN resident representative, spoke during the launch and signing of two anti-Ebola projects at the Sanatorium on Friday.

She said: “The UN system in The Gambia remains committed to working with all partners, stakeholders and the government to provide critical support for the overall development of The Gambia.
“Whether or not the practice of FGM should remain or cease has been the controversial topic between some Islamic scholars and Anti-FGM campaigners in the country for over three decades.
“But the case is at rest for now after President Jammeh on Monday 23 November 2015 at his native village meeting during his country-wide tour pronounced a ban on the practice of FMG, describing it as a 'harmful traditional practice'.”

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