Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Gambian Members Of Parliament To Uphold Skin-Bleaching Ban

 Gambian lawmakers on Monday rejected a government proposal to lift a ban on skin-lightening products, which are widely used across Africa.


Skin lightening is also practised in other parts of the world such as South Asia and the Middle East and is particularly popular among women.

However, it is controversial, with many people arguing that the phenomenon is a toxic legacy of colonialism and that the bleaching agents used to lighten skin pose health risks.

A 1996 law passed under Jammeh (1994-2017) bans the import of skin-lightening products and punishes importers with a fine of 30,000 dalasis ($400). The fine imposed on users is 5,000 dalasis ($100).

Yahya Jammeh came to power in 1994 in a coup d‘état and for 22 years he led a regime of fierce repression, marked by cases of torture, rape, and extra-judicial executions.

He was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017, yielding to African military intervention after rejecting his presidential defeat at the hands of opponent Adama Barrow

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