People in the Media (YPM) with support from The Girl Generation (TGG) recently
conducted a panel discussion on Female genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender
Based Violence (GBV) under the theme: ‘The impact of the anti-FGM laws in
ending FGM in our generation.’
UNESCO Global Youth Ambassador on MIL and YPM Executive coordinator Abdou Jatta said the project is to raise awareness on Female Genital Mutilation and Gender Based Violence through massive social media transformation and active community engagement. He said they envisage that all sectors of society will have a clear understanding of promoting positive 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 of their right.
According to Jatta, for FGM to end, there needs to be positive transformation in the way girls are valued and in the beliefs and social norms that underpin FGM. “We are confident that communication, with its power to positively influence the society and communities lies at the heart of this transformation.’
He said the objective of the forum is bringing together various state actors, girls and young people in the FGM campaign to have a days’ intensive interface dialogue forum on the national law related to FGM and other covenants on girls and women rights. “Total abandonment of FGM and GBV in The Gambia must continue to be a priority for all of us,’ he said.