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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Circumcisers from Kombo South Trained on FGM and Rights of Women and Children

December 22, 2010
The Point: Gambia News for Freedom and Democracy

Circumcisers were among the sixty participants who have completed a three-day training on the harmful effects of female genital mutilation on the health and rights of women and children. The training held in Tujereng village, was part of the SCS and UNIFEM-supported project.GAMCOTRAP is implementing for the Kombos in the Western Region. 

At the opening of ceremony the Alkalo of Tujereng, Karamo Bojang, noted that even though it is difficult to change attitudes, it is through education and awareness creation that people realize the need to change their attitudes to protect their children. He observed that FGM is an abuse of the rights of girl children because they are not allowed to consent to the practice.  Alkalo Karamo Bojang said it is clear that the FGM is not a religious obligation and he called on the advocates to continue to raise awareness among the people.

For his part, the representative of the Chief of Kombo South, Jerreh Demba of Siffoe village, advised participants to listen, learn and share experiences on the reasons FGM should be eradicated.