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Friday, February 26, 2021

Kudang youths hold FGM awareness forum

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Alhagie Babou Jallow

The Kudang Youth Development Association (KYDA) recently sensitized Community Based Organizations (CBOs) on Female Genital Mutilation and its health implications and the 2015 FGM enacted law.
The program was held at the Regional Forestry Office in Janjangbureh, CRR South.
The activity was supported by the Girl Generation funding project.

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The Programme Coordinator Action Aid Kudang Office Foday Kanyi said his organization had been advocating in ending the harmful practice and promoting women’s rights. He noted that FGM has serious health implication in girl child and women as a whole.

“The government enacted the FGM law to protect the girls from the practice because it is affecting their health condition; the democratic changes of the nation have not changed the legally formulated law,” he said.
The Project Manager for Kudang Youth Development Association KYDA Karamba Sanyang said the forum was organized to raise awareness of the participants on the dangers of FGM. “The forum is of paramount importance in raising the public awareness on the risks involved in female circumcision, early marriage, gender base violence among others,” he said.

On his part, the district Chief of Janjangbureh Alh Bakary Jam Jawo said the sensitization is instrumental in improving community awareness on the health implications of the practice and called on his people to end the harmful traditional practice. “FGM is harmful to women and girls. Therefore it is our social responsibility to unite in ending the practice in our society,” he said.

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