Gambia: UNFPA supports Gambia to eliminate harmful traditional practices

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Gambia government, is assisting the West African state to eliminate harmful traditional practices.

UNFPA is providing funds to the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP)
to, among other things, implement activities geared towards awareness creation on harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced and early marriages affecting the health of women and children.

GAMCOTRAP executive director, Dr. Isatou Touray, told PANA on Thursday that they would contribute to support the Government’s commitment to advance gender equality and empowerment of women.

She said in response to regional and international human rights conventions the Gambia had signed and ratified, the UNFPA/UNICEF joint programme would accelerate the elimination of FGM in The Gambia.

Dr Touray noted that one of such conventions signed by the Gambia is the AU Protocol on the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

GAMCOTRAP has stepped up its advocacy to end harmful practices focusing on the North Bank Region. This is a three-year project that is being implemented in two districts in the Region - Upper Badibou and Sabach Sanjal.

Project activities will target community leaders, religious scholars, women leaders, women of reproductive age, traditional circumcisers and their assistants, traditional communicators, traditional birth attendants, and young people and individuals who will be identified by their communities to be trained as community-based facilitators.  

The project will empower the two radio stations in the region to engage in media advocacy to end harmful practices affecting the health of women and the girl-child in the region.
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21 august 2014 20:40:00




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