The Girl Generation (TGG), a global campaign that supports the Africa-led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Tuesday commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC).
The event on the theme “Ending FGM in a generation: goals progress”, was held at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA).
The event was held in a form of a press conference that availed officials the opportunity to talk about the progress made in their respective areas; the way forward and how they intend to work with their partners, members and brand ambassadors in ensuring that their vision is brought to light by promoting the values of the girl-child.
Speaking at the press conference, Haddy Jonga, a programme officer at TGG, reminded the gathering that October 11th is a day set aside by the United Nations to talk about issues affecting girls worldwide as well as to assess how far they have come as countries in ensuring that issues affecting girls are addressed.
She said issues affecting girls must not be sidelined or underestimated as there is always a need to talk about them.
According to her, TGG believes that they can end FGM in a generation. This, she went on, can be achieved by intensification of stories of change through the use of the media and other campaign strategies.
Other speakers include, Sise Sawaneh, Oumie Sissoho and Mariatou Newlands, TGG’s media, survivor and activist brand ambassadors respectively.
The trio ambassadors spoke at length on the importance of the day, highlighting their plans to ensure the full realisation of their goals in ending FGM in the country.
The chairperson of the Youth anti-FGM Network in The Gambia, Modou Lamin Davies, underscored the importance of involving young people in the fight against FGM, saying they have their members across the seven administrative regions of the country, who works towards building partnerships to ensure an end to FGM in the country.
Responding to questions from journalists, Musu Bakoto Sawo, a programme officer at TGG, revealed that their intention is to target youth in their bid to totally eradicate the practice in the country.
She opined that when the younger generations are aware of the repercussions of FGM on their children, the practice will halt for good.
by Fatou Sowe