Oct 12, 2009, 7:30 AM
Girls Generation (TGG), a global campaign that supports the African-led
movement to end FGM, Monday commemorated the International Zero Tolerance Day
to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Musu Bakoto Sawo, programme officer of TGG, said TGG organised the commemoration in partnership with Linguere, a young Gambian blogger known for her activism and media advocacy and amplification of the anti-FGM voices in order to end the practice in a generation.
As part of their commemoration, they embarked on a road show during which they handed out rose flowers with special message about FGM.
“We do not know the people that we handed the roses to but we are hoping that from that single rose we gave each of them, they would get a key message and hopefully they would be one of the people that will advocate against the practice,” Ms Sawo said.
Ndey Ngoneh Jeng said Linguere has helped to make the voices of many Gambian women to be heard.
Oumie Sissoho, TGG survivor ambassador, said ending FGM is not a small task; it needs the participation of everyone.
Baboucarr Nyang of the National Youth Parliament - The Gambia, said now that FGM has been banned in The Gambia, the young people should take the lead to accelerate efforts aimed at effecting that ban.