Hands for Girls in partnership with the Gambia Press Union yesterday launched
the FGM Media Award for practicing journalists reporting on FGM in The Gambia.
The award is being funded by Human Dignity Foundation.
Speaking at the press briefing, Lisa Camara, Global Media Campaign Coordinator and chairperson of the award, said the press briefing was about the upcoming FGM Media Award.
She disclosed to the media that the award was not a new thing as it was mentioned about 2 years ago when the global media campaign was launched in The Gambia.
She further disclosed that the award will be held July 8 at the Djembe Beach Hotel, and the categories of the award are best print, radio, and community radio personality, the best TV Program, radio house, print house, and community radio house.
There will be also an overall best media house award, best photography and video journalists and the overall best media personality.
She said the application forms and criteria have been sent to all media houses to apply in each of the categories and send it back earlier before the deadline.
“It is open to all practicing journalists reporting on FGM and the deadline for submission is 26 June 2017,” she said.
Since the launch of the campaign in 2015, they have worked with a lot of journalists across the country through National TV/Radio, community Radios, print and it has been amazing, she said.
She said The Gambia has gone beyond the expectations of reporting on FGM compared to their counterparts from Nigeria and Kenya.
She Human Dignity Foundation that has been supporting every work they have been doing on FGM in the country since the launch of the campaign in 2015.
For her part, Jaha Dukureh, FGM Advocate and founder of Safe Hands for Girls, said the media has a strong way of getting their messages across to the people everywhere in The Gambia.
She said at Safe Hands for Girls they appreciate the role that media play in society in not only reporting on FGM but everything that has to do with all the challenges they are faced with.
In his remarks, Saikou Jammeh, Secretary General of the Gambia Press Union, indicated that the GPU has been part of this initiative since the onset, adding that this was a follow up to the launch and the training that took place in the media academy.
“We all know that FGM has negative implications on women and girls and it affects them and their development, wellbeing and education,” he remarked.
He said the award could not have come at a better time because it would encourage journalists to go all out and come out with stories that are really award winning stories.