UGYD briefs youth, community leaders on anti-FGM laws

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

United Gambian Youths for Development (UGYD), a national youth organisation operating in The Gambia in the areas of guidance and counseling, career development, health, environment and entrepreneurship have recently conducted a training course for 50 youths, community and religious leaders, security personnel and female circumcisers on the anti FGM laws.

The organisation’s secretary general Abdoulie Singhateh said familiarising the people with Anti-FGM laws is timely, noting that people should work collectively to disseminate information to other’s who are not fortunate to attend the training activity.

“Female circumcision is banned in The Gambia, after presidential pronouncement in December 2015,” he said, adding that they are now spreading that message.

Singhateh revealed that UGYD received a small grant from Girls Generation worth two thousand dollars to carry out their activities, including trainings and sensitisations for a period of six months.

Ansu Kambi, Director of Tostan urged the participants to focus and make best use of the knowledge gained from the training course.

Musa Baldeh, assistant programme officer of United Guardian Youth for Development emphasised the significance of the training course and appealed to the participants to continue the fight against FGM. “I believe banning FGM does not mean it has ended, and we have to continue the journey,’’ Baldeh added.

Speaking on behalf of URR governor, Alhagie Jawara said young people must be equipped with knowledge of the laws so that they could play a crucial part towards ending FGM.

Omar Cham said young people are instrumental in  the productive sectors of the economy, adding that they consists of 60 per cent  of the population and the importance of sensitising them on the laws on FGM could not be over-emphasised.

United Guardian Youth for Development is a national youth organisation formed in 2008, and has been working on promotion, guidance and counseling, social entrepreneurship, health and the environment.