There’s some disturbing news coming out of Gambia that I had to share. The following information comes from Africa News.
Gambian Members of Parliament (MPs) are debating the repeal of a skin bleaching law passed by former President Yahja Jammeh. Passed in 1996, this law banned the import of skin lightening products and imposed a fine of 30,000 dalasis ($400) to importers and 5,000 dalasis ($100) to users. The bill is being debated under President Adama Barrow’s administration, with several MPs in favor of repealing it.
Critics of skin bleaching are highlighting the dangers of using these products. Skin lightening is practiced throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora, and it’s mostly done by women.
The fact that this is happening during a global movement for African people is shocking. If Black is Beautiful, then prove it.
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Until Next Time…