Guardian Global Media Campaign in United Kingdom in collaboration with the Network of FGM Academy North Bank Region chapter have commenced a month radio sensitization campaign against FGM. Kerewan and Farafenni community radios will implement the sensitization campaign. The partnership was established last year following a community outreach programme in Farafenni as part of efforts to sensitise the masses on the negative health effects associated with the FGM practice.
Sainey Dibba, Network of FGM Academy NBR chapter coordinator, who is also the programme manager of Farafenni Community Radio, hailed the move against ending FGM, saying it will help them in raising public awareness on FGM.
In an interview witht reporters at the commencement of the programme in Farafenni, Mr Dibba thanked health care service providers for their support to the campaign.
He noted that radios are instrumental in creating awareness on anti FGM law and other health implications in The Gambia.
Ebrima Saidykhan, Farafenni Community Radio manager, echoed similar sentiments and went on to call on the general public to be vigilant in disseminating information against the practice. He said the anti-FGM law is aimed at protecting the lives of women and girls, while urging other development partners to support community radios in strengthening community outreach programmes.
Saidykhan thanked President Jammeh for banning FGM in the country and enacting it in to law, saying the anti-FGM law sensitization would immensely contribute in awareness creation on the negative effects of the practice. “The anti FGM law strongly recommends legal action against anyone found guilty of practicing it.”
According to him, the community outreach sensitization aims to create greater understanding and awareness on the legal issues surrounding the ban on FGM, maintaining that the Women Bureau is mandated to popularise the FGM law with a view to ensuring that stakeholders, regional authorities and badge messengers remain vibrant in disseminating the messages.
He revealed that anti FGM law stated that any one found guilty of the practice would be fine a sum of D50, 000 in default to serve 3 years imprisonment.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow