Youth Gambia (VYGA) last Saturday, 14th of April, 2018, organised a day-long
training session for volunteers on FGM and Advocacy at Regional Education
Directorate in Brikama, West Coast Region.
In her statement, the project manager of VYGA, Isatou Bah disclosed that VYGA is a youth led organisation for proactive youth engagement particularly on empowerment and fight against social vices with specific focus in complimenting the National Youth policy and National Development Plan.
She pointed out that social workers and community workers are agents of change as their role in the campaign against FGM is crucial.
She said as the project focuses on addressing FGM/C, VYGA stands out in protecting the sexual and reproductive health rights of the girl child.
Ms. Isatou Bah noted that FGM is an age old traditional practice that has been proven to be harmful on health and welfare of the girl child.
She further noted that the practice does not only affect the health status of women and young girls but also their emotional wellbeing.
She said it is not a practice that should stay but should be a history in the near future, whilst optimistic that the advocacy will focus on amplifying the advocacy message of the campaign and connecting youth commitment to effectively participate in their respective institutions.
The manager revealed that the group representation is highly relevant due to their involvement in community work, adding that sensitisation and advocacy in FGM is not an exception.
She disclosed that the project has had its first implementation with-out-of school youths in Brufut in March 2018, noting that last Saturday training session was the second activity of VYGA.
The Regional Education Director Momodou G. Jallow, lauded VYGA initiatives and expressed optimism that young people are very key to accomplishing this task.
He pointed out that many have the misconception that FGM is deeply rooted and cannot be eradicated but revealed that with education the problem will come to an end.
He encouraged the youths to never give up in the fight against FGM whilst advising the youths to further use education as a tool to end FGM.
Director Jallow revealed that The Gambia is fortunate that both the previous and the present government have political will to end the practice.
Momodou Keita, representative of the governor of West Coast Region, Bakary Sanyang lauded VYGA for organising the training session.
He stated that lot have been said about the violence meted on our daughters and sisters but encouraged the participants and VYGA to continue the activities.
He noted that the government have been hard and uncompromising in the fight against FGM and therefore recommend that they continue the good work.
Meanwhile a poem was delivered by Babucarr Jarju, UTG student and the poem depicts the girl child who is victimised under the circumstances of FGMC and she hopes for a better future.