The Network Against Gender-based Violence (NGBV) in partnership with ActionAid International recently convened a three-day seminar on clinical management on gender-based violence. The seminar was aimed at creating awareness among doctors of different health sectors and how to manage gender-based violence issues.
Welcoming the participants, Haddy Mboge, coordinator of the Network Against Gender-based Violence, gave a brief introduction of the organisation. She indicated that the programme is one of the activities that the Network is implementing.
In his keynote address, Njundu Drammeh, the chairperson of NGBV, said women and girls are mostly the victims of gender-based violence and that men and boys are the perpetrators of this act.
Drammeh maintained that healthcare personnel have an important role to play when it comes to this act.
“Since they are the ones that victims turn to when things go wrong, that give them the opportunity to build a doctor-patient relationship in order to hear the unheard stories of these people.”
Dr. Patrick, a lecturer at the University of The Gambia (UTG) and a gynecologist by profession, urged participants to disseminate the information gained and put to practice what they have learnt to end gender-based violence.
Omar Badjie, the director of Action Aid International-The Gambia, said the issue of women’s right is a priority to them both nationally and internally.
According to him, violence against women is in different forms ranging from physical to emotional torment, noting that doctors should try hard and help women and girls by providing the necessary evidence for prosecution.
“Although prosecution seems to be harsh, but for me that is the only way to put an end to gender-based violence. The role of doctors is very central in putting an end to this act and I think this training will go a long way in supporting you to be able to play your role in the most effective way,” he said.
by Binta Bah