Somalia, the country with the highest prevalence of female genital mutilation in the world, has given its strongest signal yet that it will outlaw the brutal practice.
At a recent conference in Mogadishu, Sahra Mohammed Ali Samatar, the minister for women’s affairs, indicated that the country was moving towards an FGM ban. “Time has come for us to eradicate this bad practice and protect the rights of girls and women in our country,’’ she said.
A spokeswoman for the ministry confirmed that work was under way to introduce a bill banning the practice, currently carried out on 98% of girls in the country.
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Source: The Guardian