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Fantanka completes Comprehensive Sexuality Education for Differently-Abled

Jul 14, 2021, 12:22 PM | Article By: Sheriff  Saidykhan

Fantanka, an organisation focusing on sexual and reproductive health matters recently completed a week-long Comprehensive Sexuality Education training for persons living with disabilities, and hard of hearing at Paradise Suites Hotel.

Bubacarr Sanneh, a trainee, spoke on the importance of the training, which he said, is geared towards empowering them with requisite knowledge on sexuality education.

"The training will go a long way in impacting my life, and others. What we have learned here does not limit to an individual. It has to do with relationship, love and my family. There are lot of knowledge gained from the training, most specifically sexual and gender based violence" he remarked.

Cherno Ceesay, right activist for Differently-Abled and child rights advocate, highlighted the significance of the areas discussed during the training.

"The thematic areas we discussed range from reproductive health to sex. These are some of the information disabilities lacking in our communities." he said.

Imran Darboe, a lawyer-cum co-founder of Fantanka make reference to the Children's Act 2005, which he said, seeks to protect and empower vulnerable minors from offensive sexual abuse and exploitation.

"One of the most vulnerable people in society is children. So therefore the Children's Act of 2005, talks on sexuality or sexual relationship. One has to be very aware how it protects children. Because there is an age of consent." he explained.

Age of consent, he added, prevents adults from abusing children, adding that the provision also discourages people from bringing children into a brothel environment.

“Any person who defaults on the Act will face the full force of the law. According to the Act, one should not bring young teenagers into a sexual environment. So don't encourage them to do it, or give them incentives. The Children's Act also protects children from that. There are strict sentences of 10 years." he stressed.

Trafficking in persons most especially minors for sex, he said, is a high risk for life imprisonment. "If you are caught in The Gambia trafficking in persons you will face the law. There are stiff charges of life sentences" he concluded.

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