The event brought together 100 community leaders, women leaders, religious leader, teachers s among others from various villages in Kombo South.
The project, from a health-based to a righ-based approach fighting against Female Genital Mutilation seeks to accelerate the abandonment of the practice. It is funded by Save the Children International.
Gamcotrap, have over the years been very active and effective in the promotion of women and children’s rights. Gamcotrap's agenda is to end discriminatory practices like female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriage.
“We are not forcing people to stop it. We are trying to convince them by sensitising them to know that it is a health hazard and it break the rights of the girl child and that of the woman,” she said.
“The misreading of cultural norms and values leaves women suffering in silence from mistreatment by men and even fellow women,” said Amie Bojang-Sissoho, programme coordinator of GAMCOTRAP.
He called on Islamic leaders to fear God in promoting the health of women and pleads parents to respect the rights of the girl child and that of the woman.