forum for sharing of the research findings on Network against Gender Based
Violence was recently held at the Regional Education Directorate, Region
The Network against Gender-based Violence, The Gambia was established in April 2009, and the membership comprises civil society organizations together with government institutions in The Gambia, who share the common goals of combating gender based violence.
Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, presenting a paper on GBV, said it reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, self respect, safety and sovereignty of its victims.
According to him, it encompasses an extensive assortment of human rights violations, including sexual exploitation of children, rape, home brutality, sexual battering and harassment, trafficking of women and girls and numerous detrimental customary practices.
Furthermore, these abuses could leave profound mental scars, damage the well-being of women and girls in common, including their reproductive and sexual health, and in some instances, results in death.
Kajali Sonko, Deputy Director of Women’s Bureau, said his recommendations to the government of The Gambia is to consider women’s empowerment as a key issue and expand the quality and quantity of choices that women could make.
He said the nurses should be a key point of contact for training and awareness of health processes and should be trained to recognise and discuss complications of FGM and on sexual and reproductive health rights.