Women’s Bureau on Monday organised a two-day sensitisation workshop for local authorities, TAC members, and women leaders in Janjangbureh, CRR South, on the Women’s Act and Anti-FGMC law. The forum was funded by United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA).
Declaring the forum open, the Governor of CRR, Alh. Omar Khan underscored the importance of the forum, saying that it will go a long way towards increasing awareness of traditional rulers, women leaders and TAC members on the said legal instuments, as they play a vital role at the grassroots level.
He described FGM/C as deeply rooted traditional practice that threatens the lives of women and girls.
Governor Khan told the gathering that President Jammeh has placed women empowerment very high on his development agenda and that since FGM/C has been banned in the country, it should not be practised in the country.
He therefore called on the participants to disseminate what they have learned during the course of the forum.
The Director of Training at the Women’s Bureau, Fatou Sey said the aim of the forum was to spread the messages of Women’s Acts and the Anti-FGM/C laws at the grassroots.
She opined that all forms of FGM/C degrades women and girls and deprive them of their basic human rights. The Government of The Gambia, she went on is committed to promoting and protecting the rights of women and girls.
The Women’s Bureau Regional Programme Officer, Lawa Drammeh Sarr commended UNFPA for complementing government’s efforts in sponsoring this important forum at the grassroots.
This sensitisation, she affirmed will immensely raise more awareness on the health effects as a result of FGM/C.
by Lamin SM Jawo