Addressing female genital cutting/mutilation (FGC/M) in The Gambia
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The purpose of this chapter is to examine the viability of the use of criminal sanction to address FGC/M in general. It then examines the nexus between FCG/M and human rights and discusses the reasons often adduced to support use of criminal law to address FGC/M. Furthermore, it focuses on the amendment to the Women’s Act in The Gambia, which prohibits FGC/M. The paper evaluates the utility of the approach adopted by the Gambian government vis-a-vis its obligation under the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women (African Women’s Protocol). The paper concludes by noting that while the prohibition of FGC/M through sanction is important, such an approach will fail to achieve its desired aim of reducing the incidence of this practice unless other complementary measures are adopted by states.