By Samsideen Ceesay
Beakanyang Kafo over the weekend concluded a training workshop on the elimination of gender-based violence for over thirty women from the community of Madina Koto in Wuli West District of Upper River Region.
The training held at Nyakoi Upper Basic and Senior Secondary School seeks to raise awareness of women on legal frameworks and policies on the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.
Speaking on the occasion, Nfamara Jawneh, Executive Director of Beakanyang Kafo said gender-based violence is a worldwide problem that requires concerted efforts by all and sundry in order to seriously tackle it.
He pointed out that ending all forms of violence against women and girls as well as promoting their rights has always been a policy objective of his organization.
“Gender-based violence undermines the full participation of women and girls in society and weakens their growth and economic wellbeing,” he added.
Mr Jawneh further stressed that violence such as FGM, rape, wife beating and forced marriages are some of the serious gender based violence that women in Africa and Gambia in particular are experiencing.
Speaking earlier, Yahya Sumareh, board chairperson of Beakanyang said protecting women and girls from violence are essential for their growth.
Mr Sumareh urged participants to take the training seriously and to share the knowledge gained with others in their community.
He further reaffirmed his organization’s commitment in promoting the rights and wellbeing of women and girls.
For her part, Sireng Ceesay, President of Madina Koto Beakanyang Chapter applauded Beakanyang Kafo for raising their awareness on gender based violence.
She promised that they would put the knowledge and skills acquired from the training into good use.
She said: “All the topics discussed here today are the very issues we are facing in our daily lives and I can assure you that the skills also given to us today will help us overcome some of these challenges.”