At least 30 women leaders drawn from within Kombo South District in the West Coast Region recently concluded a day’s sensitisation forum on the Women’s Act and anti-Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Law (FGM/C). The forum was organised by Women’s Bureau, and funded by the United Nations Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA).
Speaking at the forum, the Deputy Executive Director of Women’s Bureau, Kajali Sonko underscored the importance of the forum, saying it will go a long way towards increasing awareness of women leaders on the said legal instruments for effective implementation at the grassroots.
He described FGM/C as deeply-rooted traditional practice that threatens the lives of women and girls.
Sonko recognised that President Jammeh has placed women empowerment very high on his development agenda.
The Director of Training at the Women’s Bureau, Fatou Sey, affirmed that the aim of the sensitisation is to spread the messages of Women’s Acts and the anti-FGM/C Law at the grassroots.
She opined that all forms of FGM/C degrades women and girls and deprive them of their basic human rights.
Madam Sey noted that Government of The Gambia is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls.
The Women’s Bureau Regional Programme Officer, Bintou H.K. Fatty and Aja Ousman Jallow, Lady Councillor for Kombo South, both commended the Women’s Bureau for coming up with such initiative.
They also thanked UNFPA for complementing Government’s efforts in funding the forum at the grassroots, and affirmed that the sensitisation will immensely raise more awareness on the health effects of FGM/C.
by Lama S Jallow