Hands for Girls, a local group of advocators against Female Genital Mutilation
(FGM) and other forms of Gender Based Violence recently celebrated
International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM at QCity in Bijilo.
Jaha Dukureh, an FGM survivor and founder of the group explained that in her home as a Sarahulleh, they would cut the female child a week after her birth. She stated that her father was an Imam who strongly supported female circumcision.
According to her, the people she had interviewed during her campaign to ban FGM in The Gambia showed that majority of women and men believed that if a girl child is not circumcised, she would have problems in delivery or the child who is about to be born might die.
She explained that renown Imam Lamin Fatty was a challenge for her as he also believed that a girl child should be circumcised which is Islamic. “But during my interview with him, he said circumcision was not compulsory.”
Jaha believes that government have the responsibility to protect the women as she want them to pass a law that would punish anyone who performs FGM.
Sait Marty Jaw, a social justice activist and a blogger said men also have a role to play in ending FGM, saying women perform the circumcision because they want to satisfy their men.