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  1. Subscribermoonbus
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    25 Nov '15 13:46
    Gambia joins the civilized world

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34921135
  2. Standard memberSeitse
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    25 Nov '15 14:08
    Oh, I thought they had opened their first Hooters™
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    25 Nov '15 20:55
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Gambia joins the civilized world

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34921135
    good news indeed, but bad habits die hard...
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    25 Nov '15 23:41
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Gambia joins the civilized world

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34921135
    Apart from Egypt The Gambia is the only African country I have visited. I was lucky
    enough to be there when the Miss Africa contest was being staged at my hotel. The
    Gambian women are stunningly attractive and I think any one of our waitresses could have won!
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    26 Nov '15 01:55
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    Me, too.
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    26 Nov '15 02:05
    Maybe other countries can learn something from the great German school turnaround?

    http://tinyurl.com/qcyoucg

    "It took Germany just over a decade to improve test scores and reduce inequality. Their education overhaul is a lesson in structure, monitoring and philosophy".
  7. Subscribermoonbus
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    26 Nov '15 07:14
    Originally posted by Ponderable
    good news indeed, but bad habits die hard...
    Yes, and old prejudices even harder.
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    26 Nov '15 08:02
    Unfortunately those traditions are brought and maintained in other countries. We know they happen here too but they are very difficult to stop.
  9. Subscribermoonbus
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    26 Nov '15 08:59
    Originally posted by lolof
    Unfortunately those traditions are brought and maintained in other countries. We know they happen here too but they are very difficult to stop.
    Making the practice illegal may merely drive it underground. But it signals a willingness to confront the issue, which is a start at least.
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    26 Nov '15 09:032 edits
    Originally posted by moonbus
    Making the practice illegal may merely drive it underground. But it signals a willingness to confront the issue, which is a start at least.
    A first step to protect young girls from this horrible tradition. It is illegal here of course, but I suppose it is only discovered when women come to hospital for check-ups or give birth, and very often their husbands are present too.
  11. Subscribermoonbus
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    26 Nov '15 10:27
    Originally posted by lolof
    A first step to protect young girls from this horrible tradition. It is illegal here of course, but I suppose it is only discovered when women come to hospital for check-ups or give birth, and very often their husbands are present too.
    The bizarre thing about the practice is that mothers have midwives come and perform it on their own daughters. There will have to be a persistent and wide-spread program of consciousness raising, not just a new law; women in such countries need to be educated to not want and seek FGM anymore. And the men, of course, will have to start thinking differently about what marital fidelity is based on (if not physical incapacity for infidelity). The hard work is yet to come for those people.
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