Executive Officer of Serrekunda General Hospital said it is vividly clear that
reports of Gender Based Violence (GBV) are on the increase at the Kanifing
General Hospital at an annual rate of about 6%.
Speaking at the launching of a 350, 000 Euros project dubbed- Strengthening Capacity of civil society organisations to advance the advocacy against FGM and other forms of Gender Based Violence, Kebba Manneh said, “Imagine what the national data will be. Sexual violence accounts for the vast majority of cases and this requires intervention.”
Mr. Manneh emphasised the significance of the project, saying it will go a long way in addressing GBV challenges facing women and children in The Gambia. He revealed that GBV statistics that was recorded at the Kanifing General Hospital since its inception makes it a one stop center for GBV.
He recalled that in 2015, assault cases reported to the hospital above of 14years was 20, sexual violence 31 and sexual violence at the ages of 14 years was 22 and 93 cases were recorded in 2016, ranging from assault cases above 14 years and sexual violence.
This rate, he added, increased in 2017 with 110 cases registered in both assault and sexual violence cases.
Women’s Rights Programme Specialist at Action-Aid International The Gambia Fanta Jatta-Sowe, said the project succeeds another project that was implemented two years ago. She said based on the successful implementation and the health needs, donors were committed to renewing their efforts to complete the unfinished business from the previous project.
She said the previous project focused on FGM while this new one is looking at issues of FGM that has not been tackled and sexual violence.
“It is not a secret that sexual violence is on the increase and mostly against children as far as the reported cases are concerned. As part of strategies to deliver on this project, research they will be conducting will be to understand the circumstances around sexual violence.
Executive director of Action-Aid International The Gambia, Omar Badgie in his launching statement said the project is alien to the strategic priorities of both Action-Aid and the Network Against Gender Based Violence.
He said the project seeks to support national efforts towards an inclusive society where every possibility is fully explored and everyone given an opportunity to realize their full potentials. “The project is focused on the primary prevention and response to GBV with emphasis on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual violence.”
Mr. Badgie observed that in societies, women and children suffer the most from GBV which seriously limits their involvement and participation in national development process. “Violence meted against women is limiting their participation in development of this country and we are losing as a nation.”