The practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) has been banned in Somalia under the country’s new constitution.
An estimated 96% of women in the African country undergo the practice, with up to 140 million globally living with FGM/C.
Prominent Somali women’s advocate Fatima Jibrell told African humanitarian news service IRIN: “The fact that the new provisional constitution outlaws the circumcision of girls is a welcome development, but this will require education, awareness-raising and strong legal provisions.”
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