Women’s Bureau sensitises communities on FGM/C

Friday, December 29, 2017

Women’s Bureau on Tuesday organised a daylong sensitization programme for the community of Welligara in the West Coast Region on the abandonment of FGM/C and child marriage.

The sensitisation programme was funded by UNICEF under the Join Programme of Accelerated Abandonment of FGM/C.

The sensitisation programme was attended by the Women’s Bureau, Department of Health, Department of Justice, NGOs as well as Network of Gender Journalists for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA) and it targeted youth, women, men and religious leaders.

Speaking in an interview with journalists, Neneh Touray, assistant director of Information and Communication at the Women’s Bureau, said that the community sensitisation was very important, adding that the more they sensitised the communities, the more it would add value to their understanding.

According to her, people need to know the content of the Act on FGM/C so that they would abide-by the laws of the land because this are laws and regulations of the country and that everybody needs to abide-by them.

“We have a range of facilitators ranging from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, religious leaders as well as resource persons from the Ministry of Justice,” she divulged.

Neneh indicated that the target audiences are religious and traditional leaders, women, and male and female youths because all of them have a stake and a role to play in ending FGM/C and Child Marriage.

She said they started at regional level touching all the regions in the country including the two municipalities and then to the district level.

The Women’s Bureau Information and Communication officer said the main target is to abandon FGM and Child marriage,  hence people need to know that there is a law and the laws still stands.

Women’s Bureau is a government institution set-up in 1980 as a Secretariat to the National Women Council and the National Women Council is an advisory body to government.

She disclosed that they held consultations with religious leaders, traditional leaders, women and youths leaders as well as a nationwide regional consultation before the law was enacted.

She said after the enactment of the law, they started the district sensitisation on the content of both the law and also to remind people that FGM/C has some serious health implications and also some social and health effects on the girl child.

Baba Njie of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said FGM/C and child marriage has some serious health implications, adding that research has also indicated that it also affects the woman when she gets married.

Author: Njie Baldeh