People in the Media (YPM) in collaboration with The Girls Generation (TGG) and
grassroots organisations in the empowerment of the girl child recently
conducted community and school sensitisation on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in
Central River Region (CRR).
Among the objectives of the activity was to sensitise girl survivors of FGM on the anti FGM Laws on the theme: ‘Community Engagement to End FGM in Our Generation.’
The sensitisation also targeted girl survivors in rural Gambia to raise their awareness on the traditional harmful practices and gender based violence related issues. “We believe that bringing FGM survivors within communities will engage more community participation of influential leaders such as parents, religious leaders, grassroots organisations and young people themselves,” Abdou Jatta, executive coordinator of YPM said.
Mr. Jatta, who is also a member of the United Nations Major Working Group on Children and Youth said the community engagement provided them the opportunity to reach out to other young people, parents, religious leaders and grass root organisations to discuss and amplify issues and capture positive intervention stories and highlight the challenges girls, families and communities are facing in tackling FGM/C and Gender Based Violence. “CRR is one of the regions with high prevalence rate of FGM /GBV in the country.”
Maimuna Baldeh, chairperson of YPM CRR chapter emphasised the need for more awareness creation on the FGM law in the region and appealed to parents and youth to study the law.
Aja Tunko Fatty, a traditional communicator lamented on numerous intervention efforts she has been applying in her community to tackle the traditional practices of FGM which, he said resulted to seven circumcisers to stop the practice.
Baba Bakary Sanneh, a youth leader in Bansang said FGM does not help young people in their health, education and development, appealing to his fellow youth to strive to have knowledge on FGM law.
Oustass Sidik Darboe, a member of Supreme Islamic Council maintained that if the campaign on Gender Based Violence has to stop, indecency on the part of girls must also be addressed. He called on other scholars to respect and adhered to the FGM law.