The Gambia

FGM is a deeply-rooted tradition practiced across all regions of The Gambia.

The end FGM campaign in The Gambia has been active for over three decades and has been championed by various organisations and institutions. As a result of the continued work, the issue has become a national focus. In December 2015, there was an announcement from the President banning FGM in The Gambia. This was followed by an amendment to the Women’s Act 2010 to illegalise FGM. 

Currently, the movement has adopted a multi-faceted approach that includes community dialogue, legal advocacy, alternative rites of passage and clarification of religious misconception. Grassroots organisations continue to speak up against the practice and this has brought an increase in awareness of the effects of FGM. 

Percentage of girls and women aged 15 to 49 years who have undergone FGM

  • 75%

Political and legal context

  • The President banned FGM in December 2015
  • The Women’s Act (2010) has been amended to illegalise FGM

Our work in The Gambia:

  • As a key stakeholder, contribute to national objective as set in The Gambia National Plan of Action on FGM/C 2013-2017, the National Gender and Women Empowerment Policy 2010-2020, the Children’s Act 2005 and the Women’s Act 2010.
  • Support the growing Gambian-led collective of organisations working together to end FGM in a strategic and coordinated way.
  • Strengthen partnerships; amplify positive stories of change to increase public and institutional support to end FGM in The Gambia, and beyond, and to ensure that FGM is mainstreamed on the national agenda.

Our work in The Gambia is supported by the Women’s Bureau within the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, where FGM and wider gender based violence activities are priority areas. 

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