Foundation last week held its second training for young women on the
deep-rooted cultural traditional practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
(FGM/C) at the Nehemia Nursery School in Brufut with funding from the MMK
Gambia Friendship Association and A34 NGO from Finland.
The Foundation’s coordinator Abdoulie K. Baldeh said Nyaboute means “family” and aims to promote women and girls health education through social and behavioral change communication approach.
He said the Foundation also addresses sexual and reproductive health system, family planning, female genital mutilation, gender based violence, early marriage and epidemics such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDs through their community volunteers who fetch cases from communities for testing and treatment where possible at basic health facilities.
According to him, the training was meant to sensitise the young women of Brufut on the effects of female genital mutilation or cutting as well to discourage them from the practice, as it is harmful.
He said FGM/C is a cultural practice that poses lots of challenges and complications for women of the reproductive age group, adding that it is a deeply rooted cultural practice that has been confused with religion, resulting in serious consequences during labour.
Madam Maire Martikainen from the MMK Finland-Gambia Friendship Association and the Foundation’s Gambia volunteer declared, “We registered and started operation in The Gambia in 2008 and since then, we opened two nursery schools; one in Brufut and another in Busumbala where we are targeting children from poor families to give them free education.”
According to her, they funded the training to create better understanding of FGM/C effects on young girls and women.