“Dear Daughter” Campaign Launched In Mogadishu To Stop FGM In Somalia

The Iftin Foundation, together with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), launched the Gacalo Gabadheyayay (Dear Daughter) campaign in Somalia which is meant to bring an end to the practice of female genital mutilation in the country.

The event that was held to mark the occasion was officiated by the Minister for Women and Human Rights Hanifa Habsade.

According to UNFPA, 98% of women and girls in Somalia who are between the ages of 15-49 have undergone some form of FGM.

In June 2021, the state of Puntland introduced a historic bill titled the “FGM Zero Tolerance Bill”. This bill states that anyone who practices FGM including midwives, hospitals as well as individuals within Puntland would be penalized.

There is currently no national law criminalizing FGM in Somalia.

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