Gamcotrap sensitizes communities on child protection

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP) in collaboration with Save the Children International based in Dakar recently concluded a mass sensitization for communities within the Kombos on the need to create Community Child Protection Committees (CPCC).

The outreach forum was also part of the two organization’s fight against exploitation involving children and women.

Speaking at Tujereng, Dr. Agnes Campbell N. Kallay, a Gamcotrap senior program coordinator said they plan to train and sensitize CCPC members on the dangers involved in child and women exploitation, abuse and violations, saying all human being are entitled to their rights by virtue of being a human being.

She reminded that it is the responsibility of duty bearers to ensure that the rights of the children  and women are protected and secured in their communities, making reference of Gambia’s 1997 Women and Children Act that protects the rights of women and children in in the country.

Madam Kallay outlined that among the roles of CCPCs is to ensure that the rights of children and women are protected especially issue relating to the violation of the women through the brutal practice of FGM, child early marriage, physical abuse and others.

She said The Gambia is a signatory of the UN convention on the protection of women, saying institutions like Gamcotrap is on worthy cause.

Gamcotrap head of finance Musa Jallow said the five-year project started in 2017 funded by Save the Children International through their regional office base in Dakar.

He said Kombo North, South, East and Central are the four districts involved in the project, recalling that last year they embarked on series of activities that were centered around children issues including child rights, early marriage and FGM.

Author: Pa Modou Cham