Female Circumcision Banned in Mauritania

An absolutely wonderful development in Africa: Mauritanian Muslim leaders ban female circumcision

A group of 30 Mauritanian Muslim leaders have issued a religious edict banning female genital mutilation in the West African country.

Shaikh Ould Zain, head of the Forum of Islamic Thought, says the scholars believe cutting young girls’ genitals to limit their sexual activity as women is against religious beliefs. He said the leaders also agreed to preach against the practice at their mosques.

Hopefully this will help eradicate this barbaric practice in Western Africa and perhaps it will inspire other imams elsewhere to spread this message even further. May female circumcision soon join foot binding on the trash heap of rejected misogynistic horrors.

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