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.
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.