Dakar Summit Pushes for End to FGM

Africa’s first summit aimed at ending female genital mutilation and child marriage in Dakar, Senegal this week brought calls to step up law enforcement and gain support from religious leaders.
 
“You don't see prosecutions enough for crimes committed against women in general ... from domestic violence to rape. So we need law enforcement to step it up,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, said at the summit, Nellie Peyton reported for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
 
According to AFP, participants agreed that religious leaders need to play a key role in eliminating both genital mutilation and arranged marriages for child brides. Girls Not Brides tweeted that a fatwa against child marriage and FGM was announced in Dakar.
 
Peyton also highlighted another issue that African FGM survivors said should have been on the agenda: mental health services, which they called their greatest need.

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