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‘Laws alone cannot end FGM’

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By Baba Sillah

The programme officer of The Girl Generation, Musubakoto Saho has revealed that laws alone cannot be used as a measure to deter people from practising Female Genital Mutilation.
She said it can only be reduced through dialogue and engagement with the people and local communities.
The Girl Generation is a platform for accelerating social change, bringing together hundreds and thousands of voices under one positive identity, which challenges the social norms that hold FGM in place.

Speaking recently at a day-long training for journalists on the practice of FGM which was outlawed by the former President Yahya Jammeh, Mrs Saho said the main objective of the training is to enable journalists to spread the information by sensitising the public about the dangers associated with this harmful traditional practice which has negative impact on the reproductive health of women and girls.

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She promised that the TGG is ready to collaborate with other stakeholders and organisations both local and international in this crusade against FGM by reaching out to the local communities to sensitise them about the risks associated with the practice.

Mrs Saho added that the network will have its focal persons all over the region to make sure that the message reaches out to each and everyone in the remote part of the country.

The training attracted journalists from the community radios and print media which the organisation believed can help them especially the community radios.

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