By Alhagie Babou Jallow
Child and Environment Development Association the Gambia CEDAG with support from The Girl Generation recently ended two days training for law enforcement agencies on the anti FGM law.
The training was held in Farafenni in the North Bank Region.
The training is part of series of activities lined up to create more awareness in ending FGM in society.
Morris I O Anyim, National Coordinator of CEDAG said building the capacity of law enforcement officers on anti FGM law would contribute greatly in ending FGM in society.
Jewru Krubally, Senior Mediator Alternative Dispute Resolution Service ADRS, said sensitization and training are fundamental in strengthening human resources development and bring about behaviour and respect for national laws/acts. He noted 2016 amended Women’s Act strongly condemned/barred FGM and therefore as law enforcement officers, they should endeavour to reach out to communities to disseminate the content of the anti FGM law.
He said media play a significant role in engaging relevant institutions including government on the negative health implications on women and girls. ADRS officer commended the Civil Society Organizations including CEDAG for their relentless efforts in creating more public awareness on FGM.
Kebba Fadera, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Officer in Charge of Prosecutions and Legal Affairs Unit at Kairaba Police Division in the Kanifing Municipality praised government for the enactment of protocols and conventions to protect women and girls from all forms of violence.
Musa Dibba, Deputy Immigration Commissioner for Farafenni delivered vote of thanks and assured their commitment in working with stakeholders to strengthen enforcement of the anti FGM law. He commended CEDAG for targeting law enforcement officers, as the training has equipped them with knowledge, skills and strategy in promoting social change communication in ending FGM.