Ending FGM requires a multi-faceted approach, at the heart of which lies community engagement for sustainable impact. Our team is in the Upper River Region for a week, leading intensive community sensitization on Female Genital Mutilation. The activity targets communities in all districts of URR, with an aim to raise awareness on the dangers of FGM and inspire a shift to voluntary abandonment of the practice.
For the past three days, we have enjoyed the warm reception and goodwill of the leaders and people of Sandu and Jimara districts.
Our conversations focus on socio-cultural complexities, health complications, religious perspectives and the legal provisions relating to FGM in The Gambia, and are led by trained professionals in each domain. We are actively listening to the views of the people in these communities and working with them to find ways of appreciating our beautiful cultures and traditions while leaving behind practices that can be detrimental to the well-being of girls and women.
Again, we renew our appreciation to UNFPA The Gambia for investing in youth and supporting this activity. We’re grateful for all the support we have received as we work to end FGM, one community at a time.