Girls Agenda (TGA) in partnership with Think Young Women (TYW) have recently
observed the International Day of the Girl (IDG) at a ceremony held at the
Girls Guilds headquarters along MDI road in Kanifing.
Funded by The Girls Generation, the event was held on theme: Women economic empowerment as a catalyst to end female genital mutilation.
Presenting on the factors, statistics, consequences and solutions of FGM, Sira Bah from Gambia Family Planning Association, explained the types of FGM namely- citoridectomy, excision and infibulations.
“Citoridectomy is the removal of the clitoral hood with or without removal of all part of the clitoris, excision is the removal of the clitoris together with parts or all of the labia minor and with or without the labia major.”
Aji Isatou Saho, programme officer of Think Young Women said they are a youth-led organisation formed in 2010. “Our objective is to work towards addressing issues effecting women, boys and girls.”
According to her, the celebration is to bring together young people especially girls, to talk to them about FGM. “We want The Gambia to also join the world in celebrating young girls to amplify the voices of young girls,” she said.
Alasana Gitteh, founding member of The Girls Agenda said observing the International Day of the Girl is a worthy initiative.
Gitteh noted that they have understood that there are lot of social and traditional issues affecting young people such as female genital mutilation and child marriage.