We’re happy to share the incredible Hear Her Story album, the result of our very exciting #TYWArtvocacy project, funded by UNICEF The Gambia. This project brought together 10 Gambian artists, and together, we explored the use of the arts (music and poetry) to inspire change to end FGM and Child Marriage.
The album comprises a total of 6 songs and 1 spoken word poetry piece, each one communicating the need to protect children from violence and commit to ending harmful cultural practices like Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage.
Enjoy the songs!
Think Young Women would like to thank all the artists involved in this project: A2 The Fulani King, Awa Bling, Bai Babu, Barhama, Bobo Diimo, Cess Ngum, Mariam Cham, Sophia, TSmallz, Fatima Gomez, and Pa Omar Jack.
We also thank Brand Plus for a stellar job in facilitating the artists to deliver quality results.
Since inception, we have supported and partnered with various organisations in and outside The Gambia, in our work to advance the cause of women, and ensure the respect and fulfillment of the rights of women and girls. These partnerships have strengthened the impact of our work, and helped us to reach often marginalised groups with much-needed interventions and information.
In collaboration with our sister organisation The Girls’ Agenda, and with funding from UNFPA The Gambia, we successfully completed a training on teenage pregnancy and other forms of gender-based violence, targeting out-of-school girls and young mothers in the Central River Region. Participants were drawn from all districts in the region, and included victims and survivors of GBV, in various forms.
Education is empowerment. Together, we can protect women and girls and end all forms of GBV.
How do we end FGM and Child Marriage? There are so many ways and so many approaches.
With support from UNICEF Gambia, we have just concluded our third Booth Campaign on FGM and Child Marriage, targeting communities around Wassu and BrikamaBa in the Central River Region.
Our team of volunteers spent three days collecting data on the perceptions of people on FGM and Child Marriages, especially with new developments including the existence of legislation against the practices. The team also used the opportunity to sensitize communities on the dangers of these practices and the need to protect women and girls.
The information from the Booth Campaign will contribute to baseline data to guide in the design and implementation of strategies and interventions to help end FGM and Child Marriage in The Gambia.
We are grateful to the people of CRR, including the local government and the youth committee for welcoming and engaging with us, contributing immensely to a very successful campaign.
The last two days have been incredible! We are completely floored by the positive reception to our growing #TYWArtvocacy journey, working with Gambian artists as positive agents of change.
Together, we looked at the harmful effects of #FGM and #ChildMarriage, the sociocultural context, as well as the different ways in which we can engage with practicing communities to influence voluntary abandonment of these practices. The artists were also exposed to our ‘Do No Harm’ guidelines to ensure all messages are crafted with enough consideration to our cultural sensitivities and do not harm the targeted recipients.
The most beautiful experience has been seeing all the artists take ownership of this initiative, with strong commitments to use their voices and talents to sensitize communities and push for an end to these practices. They have already started crafting their songs, and we can’t wait to share the magic they create.
Thanks to Barhama Cham, Bai Babu, Awa Femcee Bling, A2 Di Fulani King, Sophia Byass, T Smallz Katato, Mariama Cham, Cess Ngom, Bobo Diimo and Fatima Gomez for the commitment and for sharing your incredible talent with us. Respect to Ya Sally Njie (Sista) and her BrandPlus for the excellent coordination. Many thanks to Mr Mass Laye and our sisters from The Girls’ Agenda for their contributions, too.
Our gratitude to our donors UNICEF Gambia, for bringing this concept to reality. We look forward to giving new wings to even more innovative ideas.
Today, they also joined the #Youth4Peace campaign as part of International Youth Day commemorations. Here are a few photos. Stay connected to the page for more updates on this journey.
Think Young Women is working in partnership with UNICEF in The Gambia to explore creative means of ending the practice of FGM and Child Marriage in the country. Today, we commence a two-day #TYWArtvocacy training on FGM and Child Marriages with 9 Gambian musicians and 1 young poet.
TYW has explored artvocacy as a means of influencing positive change, and we are glad to expand this engagement to reach more Gambian artists and draw them into the work we do. Their art has the power to reach people across all platforms, breaking all barriers to share transformative messages to end all harmful practices against girls and women.
We’re happy that these artists have answered this call, through the coordination of Brand Plus, and are excited to spend the next two days learning and exploring new creative and innovative ways of message sharing. We can’t wait to see the magic they create.
Many thanks to Lamin Darboe and the Gambia National Youth Council for the consistent support to our work at TYW.
Our gratitude to UNICEF The Gambia for supporting this project, and walking with us on our journey to inspire sustainable and lasting change, for the benefit of all girls and women in The Gambia.
Think Young Women, in partnership with The Girls’ Agenda are working with 20 out-of-school girls and young mothers on Gender-Based Violence, Teenage Pregnancy and FGM .
The training, funded by UNFPA The Gambia, is hosted in Janjanbureh, Central River Region and brings together participants from across the country. By the end of the activity, the participants will be equipped with better awareness and understanding of the selected topics, while enjoying a safe space to share their stories and provide support for one another, without fear of discrimination or other degrading behaviours.
The two organisations will support the selected participants to develop their personalities, build confidence, and encourage them to go back to school, where possible. With the right support, this often marginalised group can turn their fate around and contribute to their personal development and the country’s progress.
Think Young Women, with funding from the British Embassy in The Gambia, has rolled out a three-day National Inter-generational Dialogue on Gender-Based Violence and Child Protection at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
The dialogue is part of our ongoing project supported through the Bilateral Partnership Fund of the UK Government. We’ve brought together 50 women from all regions of The Gambia, representing the younger and older generations. The women will engage in conversations on Gender-Based Violence, Child Protection, Child Marriage and a range of other related issues.
For the next three days, we’ll share stories, discuss the issues we face in our communities and also benefit from coaching sessions led by experts and experienced personnel from partner organisations.
The Dialogue was officially opened by the British Ambassador to The Gambia, His Excellency Colin Crorkin.
50 women, 6 regions, 1 country. Different voices, different stories, one struggle. Together we can bridge the gap and create solutions to the challenges we face as women and girls in The Gambia. In our space, we share these stories, we discuss solutions, we laugh, we sing, we dance, we cry, we cheer one another up, we stand together. We will lead the change we envision.
You can see more pictures from Day 1 and Day 2 of the dialogue.