The Governor of the North Bank Region (NBR) has commended the President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa for banning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.
Governor Lamin Quin Jammeh was speaking on Friday at the Regional Education Directorate in Kerewan, North Bank Region at the anti-FGM Law sensitisation meeting with district chiefs, district court members and badge messengers.
The forum, which is part of a nationwide event, was organised by the Women’s Bureau with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Governor Jammeh said building public awareness on the anti-FGM Law would contribute greatly to informing the public on the legal aspects involved in protecting the health of women and girls. He noted that ensuring the awareness of traditional rulers, district tribunals and badge messengers would contribute to ensuring that people are informed of their roles and responsibilities in enforcing the anti-FGM Law.
The NBR Governor lauded the lawmakers for their unflinching support to passing the anti-FGM Bill into law, noting that it would protect the health of women and girls.
Fatou Sey, the Director of Training at the Women’s Bureau, said her office is mandated to popularise the anti-FGM Law with the view to ensuring that stakeholders, regional authorities and badge messengers remain vibrant in disseminating the messages. She commended government under the dynamic leadership of Professor Jammeh for attaching great importance to women empowerment and protection.
Madam Sey noted that district court members are crucial in enforcing the anti-FGM Law and called on them to be proactive in disseminating information at the grassroots level.
She used the moment to call on the circumcisers to desist from the practice, noting that anyone found wanting would be prosecuted according to law.
Lawyer Dawda Jallow, the legal consultant for the sensitisation hailed President Jammeh for the ban, noting that it is in conformity with the African Charter on the Rights of Women and Girls.
He reminded that the Gambia’s anti-FGM Law stated that anyone found guilty of the practice would be fined D50, 000 and in default to serve three years imprisonment or both.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow