Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Anti-FGM Crusaders to Penetrate Deep into NRR
Gamcotrap, a women’s rights advocacy is targeting one hundred and eighteen communities in Upper Badibou and Sabach Sanjal Districts. The three year project is funded by the UNFPA/Gambia Government Country Programme 2012 – 2016 entitled: “Accelerating the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the Gambia”.
In a press released Gamcotrap said they have visited the region before and the governor of the Region, Mr. Lamin Quin Jammeh was briefed by the executive director of GAMCOTRAP. ‘Dr. Isatou Touray informed him of the project objectives which aim at raising awareness and empowering communities to end FGM and protect their girls and women. The governor welcomed the GAMCOTRAP team to his region and stated his support to end FGM”
According to the released, governor Jammeh said the eradication of FGM is part of the development process and should be a concern to everyone, urging GAMCOTRAP not to relent in the progress being made. “FGM, early marriage and women’s rights are three important issues that people should be concern about. “We are together in spirit and we are with you in your efforts to protect the girl children from FGM.” He said.
Gamcotrap stated: “One hundred and fifty (150) Community and Women leaders have been the target of the launching the GAMCOTRAP grassroots FGM activities in Upper Badibou and Sabach Sanjal.”
According to Dr Touray it was a privilege to launch the project in three different venues: Illiassa and Farafenni in the Upper Badibou district and Ngayen Sanjal in the Sabach Sanjal district.She shared the objectives of the project and stressed the importance of dialogue in seeking and sharing knowledge as one of the principles of her organization. She further stressed the importance of targeting community leaders as an entry point and respect for their role in leading change among their people to protect girls from FGM. She emphasized the need for participants to work together to reach consensus in their various communities, share the knowledge gained and learn from each other in order to promote the best interest of the girl-child in the Gambia.
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 (FGM) and early marriage.