Somalia Prime Minister Calls For Ban On FGM
Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has out his name to a growing campaign to make female genital mutilation (FGM) illegal in the country. An online petition has gathered over 1 million signatures, demanding parliament outlaw the practice.
It is estimated that more 90% of girls in the country have been subject to some form of FGM, according to UNICEF. As in areas of Iraq, especially the Kurdistan Region, FGM is a taboo subject in Somalia and the signing of the petition by the Prime Minister is a significant step towards ending a practice that leaves many women with severe physiological and psychological problems.
Somali anti-FGM campaigner Ifrah Ahmed told the BBC that legislation alone cannot end the practice, and that education must play a significant role in the ending of the practice.