five-day national youth forum on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Friday
commenced at FIFA goal project in Old Yundum.
The forum is organised by Activista-The Gambia in collaboration with HE for SHE with funding from the Network Against Gender-Based Violence (NGBV) through its Amplify Change project under the theme: Young People Unite to End Female Genital Mutilation.
Young people from youth-led organisation across the country are participating in the forum which targets to design and raise awareness of young people in the fight against FGM and to strengthen ways to put a halt to the practices.
Network Against Gender-Based Violence advocacy and campaign officer Isatou Jeng said the
forum would be guided with actions which will remind young people to take the leading role in the fight against female genital mutilation in the country.
“Two years ago, NGBV in partnership with ActionAid International-The Gambia secured a 2-year funding from Amplify Change to strengthening our members capacities to advocate and contribute to the eradication of the practice in the Gambia,” she said.
She said NGBV comprises of over thirty member organisations from both state and non-state actors and youth organisation to champion the crusade against gender based violence in the country. “We will continue the fight against FGM until it is finally eradicated. Activista-The Gambia and HE for SHE have similar principles, values and virtues in fighting for the right of women and girl and spearheading the implementation of this national youth forum.”
Omar Badjie, executive director of ActionAid International-The Gambia said at the beginning of the implementation of SDGs, the UN informed the world that if people are not serious about the implementation of the SDGs, about 120 million more people will be living in poverty due to climate change.
Chairman of He for She Yankuba Manjang said the forum brought together young people across the country to discuss issues that will help to bring an end to FGM practice in the generation.