The Gambian parliament is set to decide  on a bill that is seeking to reverse the ban on female genital mutilation (FGM) today.

If the legislators agree to consider the bill which was introduced earlier in the month with the aim of upholding religious purity and safeguard cultural norms and values, will be taken through a committee for further scrutiny.

Though FGM was criminalised in The Gambia in 2015, some seek to overturn the ban claiming that it violates religious freedom and is against the country’s cultural practices.

However local and international Human rights groups are urging lawmakers not to consider the bill, saying decriminalising FGM would endanger girls and women.

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