Female circumcision is often carried out by untrained people
Female circumcision, or mutilation of the genitals, is one of the most political areas of women's health. Worldwide it is estimated that well over 100 million women have been subjected to it.
Supporters of the practice say it is done for
cultural and religious reasons, but opponents say that not only
is it potentially life-threatening - it is also an extreme form
of oppression of women.
Those who persist in the practice in Senegal will now face a
prison term of between one and five years.