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Somalia PM backs anti-FGM campaign

Somalia’s prime minister has publicly backed a campaign to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in his country. It is currently against the constitution but parliament…

Somalia’s prime minister has publicly backed a campaign to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in his country.
It is currently against the constitution but parliament has not yet passed a bill outlawing the practice.
Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has joined more than a million others by signing an online petition calling for a comprehensive ban.
Somali anti-FGM campaigner Ifrah Ahmed said she had persuaded Mr Sharmarke to sign the petition organised by online campaign group Avaaz.
She said that it was a significant move as many people in Somalia do not openly speak about the issue.
 

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