People in the Media (YPM), in collaboration with stakeholders in the
empowerment of the girl child on Saturday hosted a workshop on building new
generation of advocates on FGM & GBV with support from the girl generation,
at the TANGO conference Hall, Berting Harding Highway, Bakau.
The theme of the workshop was building on the power of the young for effective advocacy for the Next Generation.
The Girl Generation (TGG) is a global campaign that supports Africa-led movement to end FGM.
The campaign amplifies issues on the international stage and attracts attention to inspiration stories of change from most affected countries in Africa including The Gambia.
TGG accelerates the worldwide movement to end FGM by galvanizing action, supporting campaign across Africa and pushing for more resources to end FGM through the effective use of social change communication and capturing positive stories of change.
TGG is membership based and currently has over 20 members in The Gambia.
The objective of Building New Generation of Advocates on FGM&GBV workshop was to build the confidence of children by providing them with the right material and information that would help create a new generation of advocates.
The workshop targeted children from various schools.
Abdou Jatta, UNESCO Global Youth Ambassador on MIL & executive coordinator of YPM, said that the project seeks to raise awareness on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender Based Violence (GBV) through massive social media transformation and active community engagement in which they envisage that all sectors of society would have a clear understanding of promoting negative image of FGM and the consequence it has on young girls and women and the community they live in as well as the fundamental violation on their rights.
He disclosed that selected communities, traditional communicators, young people and key stakeholders would be trained on laws and treaties on the rights of girls and women, as well as related issues in order for them to transfer same knowledge to young people and communities through their own programs on FGM laws as well as to empower FGM survivors and victim.
Mr Jatta added that advocates play a critical role by applying pressure on governments to meet their obligations for child friendly policies, by influencing donor communities, and by securing practical gains for the growth of children’s health and well-being.
Deputy coordinator for YPM, Kaddijatou Fofana, commented that the purpose of the training workshop was to bring up new advocates, saying that there is always a change in generation and new ones are coming to make them become aware of the harmful practices such as Gender Based Violence with specific reference to FGM.
She said it was important to bring up new advocates to transfer the skills and knowledge they have to them so that they will be able to shift it to their communities and family members.
Ms Fofana added that they are very optimistic in every effort they are making to help the girl child generate awareness of such harmful practices.