The Girl Generation (TGG), a global campaign that supports the African-led movement to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), on Tuesday launched its national youth anti FGM network in Kololi.
The ceremony held on the theme: opportunities and challenges of young people in ending FGM in The Gambia, attracted participants from across the country and witnessed the formalisation of the network as well as the unveiling of its logo.
Delivering the launching statement, Sainey Cham who represented the Executive Director of the Women’s Bureau, highlighted that the government of The Gambia have put in place different legislations that promote and safeguard the rights and welfare of women and children in the country.
He continued that this legal frameworks serve as a testimony to government’s commitment to the empowerment of women and girls in line with international conventions, adding that the development of the national plan of action on FGM/C was supported under the UNICEF and UNFPA joint programme for accelerating the abandonment of FGM/C.
For his part, Momodou Mboge, the assistant representative of UNFPA The Gambia, who reflected on the joint programme between UNFPA and UNICEF, to engage in abandonment of FGM globally, said a specific number of countries including The Gambia were selected and the programme is aimed at reducing the practice of FGM by over 40% within the lifetime of the project.
According to him, The Gambia as part of the countries that benefitted from this joint programme have collaborated with other member state countries to look at innovative ways and approaches in addressing FGM and the involvement of young people through advocacy.
Haddy Jonga, a programme officer for TGG in The Gambia, in her welcome remarks outlined that TGG is a regional and global social change communication initiative providing a global platform for galvanizing and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end FGM by building on what has already been done.
She added that in doing this, they sought to inspire organisations and individuals including youth across the most affected countries and beyond to end FGM in one generation. He said the project is a five-year programme supported by the British government through the department of international development.
Fatoumatta Touray, the human resources and monitoring and evaluation officer at Gamcotrap, also spoke at length on the activities of her organisation likewise, Sheriff Mboge a youth representative from the National Youth Council.
The event also witnessed the presentation of packages to the three TGG brand ambassadors, namely Sise Jaha Sawaneh, Mariatou Newlands and Oumie Sissokho for the media, activist and survivor categories respectively.
by Fatou Sowe