Monday, June 16, 2014
Dr. Touray Tour of US Colleges and Universities
It is with appreciation that Gambian academics, an expert in gender and leading activist in the fight to end FGM and other forms of violence against women, Dr. Isatou Touray has been invited on a tour in the United States giving lectures to hundreds of students at Juniata College and Washington and Jefferson College. The invitation which was made by Professor Buba Misawa and Professor Emil Nagengast was honoured by Dr Touray. The tour gave her the opportunity to share the work of her organization in the campaign to end FGM. The partnership has been going and it gives students from the United States and other parts of the world to visit GAMCOTRAP and learn more about cultural practices in the context of sexuality and reproductive health and rights.
Meanwhile Dr. Touray participated at the V-Day Coordinators strategic planning meeting in Italy in preparation for the 2015 global One Billion Rising against Gender Based Violence. The outcome of the meeting is focussing on a ‘Revolution’ all over the world.
IAC Re-born in Style
The Inter Africa Committee on Traditional practice – IAC held its 8th General Assembly in Burkina Faso in April 2014.The Assembly elected a new Board of Directors and paid tribute to the outgoing board for its hard work and dedication to transforming the organization into a professional body taking a lead as a Pan African body fighting against harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage. The Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP and outgoing Secretary General of IAC Dr. Isatou Touray and GAMCOTRAP as an organization were amongst those who received Certificates of recognition for their contribution towards IAC and the campaign to end FGM and other HTPS.
The General Assembly was preceded by an International conference on FGM and Child Marriage in Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou. The Conference opened by the Her Excellency First lady of Burkina Faso, Madam Chantel Campaore was witnessed by almost 2000 people was organized in collaboration with No Peace Without Justice and the Economic Commission for Africa. The leadership and support of the Burkinabe First Lady demonstrates the political will to end Female Genital Mutilation and Child marriage in Burkina Faso. Amongst the various panels was one on “Development of Innovative Actions Against FGM Amongst Religious Leaders” by GAMCOTRAP Programme Coordinator- IEC, Amie Bojang-Sissoho.
The Conference and General assembly was also characterized by performances and visit to centres providing shelters for women and children abandoned by their families due to socio-cultural beliefs and other social problems.