Gambia hướng tới loại bỏ lệnh cấm cắt bộ phận sinh dục nữ

nhà lập pháp ở quốc gia Tây Phi này bỏ phiếu thông qua dự luật bãi bỏ lệnh cấm năm 2015. Nếu vượt qua vòng bỏ phiếu cuối cùng, Gambia trở thành quốc gia đầu tiên dỡ bỏ biện pháp bảo vệ chống lại hành vi này

Gambian lawmakers have voted to advance a measure revoking a ban (thu hồi lệnh cấm) on female genital cutting by removing legal protections for millions of girls, raising fears that other countries could follow suit.

Of the 47 members of the Gambia National Assembly present on Monday, 42 voted to send a bill to overturn the ban onward to a committee for consideration before a final vote. Human rights experts, lawyers and women’s and girls’ rights campaigners say that overturning the ban would undo decades of work to end female genital cutting, a centuries-old ritual tied up (nghi lễ hàng thế kỷ bị trói buộc) in ideas of sexual purity, obedience and control.

If the bill passes the final stages, the small West African nation of Gambia will become the first nation globally to roll back protections against cutting.

Worldwide, genital cutting is increasing despite campaigns (bất chấp các chiến dịch) to stop it — mainly because of population growth in the countries where it is common. More than 230 million women and girls have undergone (trải qua) it, according to UNICEF — an increase of 30 million people since the last time the agency made an estimate, in 2016.

This silence extends even to the ministry charged with protecting women and children (bảo vệ phụ nữ và trẻ em), which is headed by Fatou Kinteh, who previously was the United Nations Population Fund’s coordinator in Gambia for gender-based violence and female genital mutilation. Reached by phone on Saturday, Ms. Kinteh refused to comment on a possible overturn of the cutting ban, saying she would call back later. She never did.

source: nytimes,

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