West Coast youth sensitised on female circumcision

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Network against Gender-Based Violence (NGBV) in collaboration with ActionAid The Gambia has conducted a two-day seminar for youth of West Coast Region to sensitise them on female genital mutilation and gender-based violence.

Speaking at the training held at the West Coast Regional Office in Brikama, Haddy Mboge-Barrow, coordinator of the network, said they had a project funded by Amplifier Change to strengthen the capacity of the Network against Gender-Based Violence but after that project they decided to initiative a centre where survivors of gender-based violence would be properly managed.

Bakary Fadera of ActionAid said the agency has a global vision to eradicate poverty and injustice, and to work with the poor and excluded people.

To achieve this vision, he said, ActionAid has developed a five-strategic plan, 2013-2017, to serve as a guide in the implementation of programmes and projects.

The issue of gender-based violence has a lot negative implication on national development and that is why it is a central component of the strategic plan, Mr Fadera said.

Alagie Nyang, youth coordinator of West Coast Region, said gender-based violence particularly female genital mutilation is a concern to everyone as it violates women’s rights.

Author: Yai Dibba