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Senegal President: Cease Female Genital Mutilation

Senegal President Abdou Diouf called for an end to female genital mutilation, requesting that the government formulate a law prohibiting the practice. Diouf said it was necessary to “inform the population and to raise awareness about risks which women and children are exposed to” as a result of the procedure.

Diouf said that ending female genital mutilation is part of promoting human rights and the fight for equality between men and women through government regulations.

Diouf called for a “national dialogue” about the practice. “In each village in Senegal, the inhabitants must come together and decide to end the practice of female circumcision,” proclaimed Diouf.

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AFP - February 4, 1998