The Girl Generation (TGG), a global campaign that supports the Africa-Led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has began a week long training of trainers forum for its partners and member organizations on social change communications.
The forum which attracted TGG officials, is meant to equipped participants with social change communication skills to support one of their major outputs in ensuring that they deliver effective social change communication in their geographical areas of intervention.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Asenath Mwithigah, the social change communications manager at TGG, informed that TGG works in 10 countries in Africa including The Gambia and that this is the 4th Social Change Communication training they are holding in Africa.
She disclosed that similar events were held in Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, adding that they believe they can end FGM in a generation because they know that it is one of the gravest human right violations facing girls and women of our time.
Mwithigah pointed out that no country can achieve its full potentials socially and economically when half of its population is held back by extreme forms of discrimination, saying “FGM is every one’s issue and ending it is every one’s responsibility so that there can be a world that is safe for girls and women.”
She expressed optimism that using communication that has the power to positively influence the very fabric of societies in communication lies at the heart of this transformation.
Social change communication, she went on, provides a safe space for community dialogue especially on issues why the practice is still continuing and to identify the key bearers that hinder the abandonment of FGM.
She emphasised that the training will provide participants with effective communication strategies that are respectful and are in the context of what they are doing to influence change in communities.
Amat Cham, the Assistant Research Director at the Women’s Bureau, highlighted some of the commitments that government has taken in protecting the dignity of women and girls through the enactment of laws such as the Women’s Act, Domestic and Sexual Offence Act and the Children’s Act.
For her part, Musu Bakoto Sawo, programme officer at TGG, acknowlwdged that youths play a crucial role in ending the practice of FGM for the simple reason that “when youths learn about the harmful repercussions of FGM they will take their stands in protecting their girl children.”
Mary Kioto, the grant manager at TGG spoke at length on various forms of grants that are available at TGG for organisations and individuals towards the implementation of activities and community outreaches geared towards ending FGM in a generation.
by Fatou Sowe