Friday, March 5, 2010

Fatwa against FGM in Mauritania

"In January, in the capital of Mauritania a group of thirty-four Muslim scholars and clerics came together to issue a fatwa against female genital mutilation. In a country where over 70% of girls under 15 undergo genital mutilation/cutting and the CIA factbook reports that 100% of the population is Muslim, the scholars declared partially or wholly excising a woman’s genitals to be an unhealthy practice and therefore against Islam."

"This fatwa is no magic bullet, and is not likely to immediately end female genital mutilation/cutting even within Mauritania. As Reuters warns, a fatwa is only binding to those who follow a particular imam, so the Mauritanian clerics’ decree is not universally binding to Muslims. "

Despite all this is it still a step in the right direction.

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