Three Gambia Methodist Academy Students Win #EndFGM Arts Competition

As part of our #EndFGM project with AmplifyChange, we have successfully completed an art competition, targeting school children in the Greater Banjul Area. After a day’s training on key messages to end FGM, the students used their artistic talents to depict their thoughts on FGM and the role they can play to end the practice.

Winners with Principal and Staff of GMA and TYW

The winners John Martin Monday, Sheriff Newlands, and Fatou Kalleh were awarded prizes in the form of school materials, as well as certificates of recognition. Their designs have been featured on billboards across the country, sharing messages to influence an end to the practice of FGM.

John Martin Monday, 1st Prize winner

 

Sheriff Newlands, 2nd Prize winner

 

Fatou Kalleh, 3rd Prize winner

Young people have a unique opportunity to end Female Genital Mutilation in a generation. This is why at Think Young Women, we focus on awareness-raising, capacity building and meaningful engagement with youth across the country.

We thank the Principal, Staff, and Students of Gambia Methodist Academy for their engagement with us.

TYW’S Aji Isatou Saho in Uganda for Building Bridges Training on FGM

TYW Finance Officer, Aji Isatou Saho, has just completed an intensive training to create and produce videos on Female Genital Mutilation, held in Kampala- Uganda.

Aji Isatou was trained on the use of mobile phones and other equipment to create compelling videos on FGM, contributing to advocacy and sensitization efforts to end the practice. Given the significant role of the media in shifting social norms and influencing positive behavioral change, these skills will further enhance the work we do at Think Young Women, as we amplify and position survivor stories at the forefront of our efforts.

At the end of the training, participants are expected to work on projects, demonstrating understanding and putting their newly-acquired skills to great use. We’re excited about the prospects of this added value to our work, and can’t wait to get even more creative!

Innovation for results is the sure way to go. Together, we can #EndFGM!

 

TYW Booth Campaign on FGM in URR

Think Young Women recently secured funding from Amplify Change to implement activities contributing to the work being done to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in The Gambia.

As part of this agreement, TYW is conducting a market sensitization & data collection exercise on FGM, dubbed the Booth Campaign. Our data collectors are hard at work, administering questionnaires to gauge the perception of the people on FGM.

We have a team of trained specialists also speaking to people on the harmful effects of FGM, and how we all have a role to play to #EndFGM.