Gambia’s President Adama Barrow said although his government is to start sweeping democratic reforms, such reforms will not affect “good laws” passed by the regime of former president, Yahya Jammeh.
Laws in the Gambia had been passed by Jammeh’s government to end child marriage and female genital mutilation. At least two people are being prosecuted for the death of a two-year-old girl, who had undergone FGM.
“The president lamented on the negative consequences of Child Marriage and FGM, from a health point of view but noted that these are culturally sensitive issues,” said State House Press Secretary Amie Bojang-Sisohore.
Mr. Barrow called for the population to be encouraged to end the practices and asserted his government’s political will to cooperate with the UN to have anti-FGM and child marriage laws enforced.
The UN requested for Gambia’s new government to end the centuries-old practice of child marriage and FGM as matter of urgency.
Religious leaders have hidden behind Islam to justify the mutilation of young women but ex-President Jammeh says it has no place in Islam as he made a unilateral decision to ban the harmful practice.
Barrow swiftly shifted some of Jammeh’s provocative decisions and reinstated the Gambia’s Commonwealth membership and reversing its Islamic statehood.