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FAWEGAM holds Bantaba on violence against girls

Dec 17, 2009, 1:26 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

Forum For African Educationalist The Gambia  (FAWEGAM) recently held a day-long Bantaba on violence against girls at the Girls Guide hall in Kanifing.

Speaking at the occasion, cadet ASP Jawo stated that violence is an act of gender-based violence that results in physical or psychological harm or sufferings, due to threats of such act.

According to him, the government of The Gambia has opened up the space for equal participation. As he put it, it has become a reality for the fact that there are female Vice-President, Ministers and Directors.

For his part, Yamundaw Jange Joof stated that social attitudes and values, which see boys as naturally superior to girls, influence the cause of violence against girls. She stated that the fact that men are given the right and responsibility to control the girls is another factor, especially when they failed to comply with the socially-acceptable behaviour as it leads to violence committed against them.

According to her, in all parts of the world, girls are considered to be totally submissive and obedient to male. She stated that many girls around the world are affected and abused. This, she added, happens in almost every country in the world, including The Gambia due to the increased rate of abuse, exploitation and violence against girls.

She revealed that the cases reported in her unit this year alone included ten physical abuses, four of which are grievous. Mrs. Jagne Joof noted that other include forty-one registered criminal cases of sexual relation with girls, thirty cases of abandoned babies, caused by teenage pregnancy, one case of child sex tourism and another case of anal sex.

She further stated that family members and friends contribute to violence in a number of ways.