Somalia: The world is with you

To Hassan Mohamoud, President of Somalia, Omar Sharmarke, Prime Minister, and Zahra Samantar, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development:

As global citizens concerned about the rights of girls and women, we want to congratulate you on your push to ban female genital mutilation (FGM) in Somalia. We fully commend the total ban proposal by the government of Puntland and encourage the central government to consider urgent comprehensive legislative action. If Somalia enacts a full ban law now, and follows with massive public education campaigns, it could become the champion to lead the world to zero tolerance.

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200 million women and girls in 30 countries across the world have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). But in Somalia, where an astounding 98% of girls are cut, the Minister for Women is developing a ban right now. Local experts say that a global wave of support for nationwide zero tolerance could help win an outright ban on this cruel practice in weeks!

Puntland, in northeast Somalia, just proposed a full ban, and there is precedent of the central government adopting their progressive legislation. If enough of us praise these bold leaders for taking a stand for girls now, we can bolster their initiatives, and help push through a law in this next Parliament. Join the call now and tell everyone.

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