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Former practitioners of female genital mutilation in The Gambia

INTERVIEW: ‘Every other young girl you see in The Gambia has undergone female genital mutilation’

Women in The Gambia face high levels of female genital mutilation (FGM), period poverty (an inability to afford menstrual hygiene products), and domestic violence. In an interview with UN News, Ndeye Rose Sarr, the head of the UN reproductive and sexual health agency (UNFPA) in the country, underlines the challenges they face, and the efforts the UN is making to address the issues.