By Alhagie Babou Jallow
The United Guardian Youth for Development (UGYD) has recently trained journalists on the effects of Female Genital Mutilation and how it can prevented at TANGO hal.
The event attracts Journalists from print and electronic media under the theme: “Ending FGM in a Generation” funded by The Girl Generation.
Speaking at the opening, the secretary of the association Abdoulie Singhateh, said the training is meant to enhance journalists’ reporting skills on issues of gender-based violence so as to help in its quest to end FGM in a generation.
“We will continue to strive to change societal concept by creating awareness through community sensitization on the issues related to this harmful human right violation,” he noted.
He explained that FGM was banned in the country but it is still practiced particularly in the rural areas where statistics shows URR is the highest with 97 percent.
Baboucarr Jallow, board chairman stated that UGYD is an association set up by a group of young people coming together with an ultimate goal of assisting in the development of youth generation.
He added that it was found in 2008 with the objective of promoting peace and unity among young people, and guides them from all forms of abuse, violence unproductive lifestyles.
Mass Laye, a medical health office told journalists that FGM is a burning issue and need to address which it requires concerted efforts.
Sise Jaha Sawaneh, media ambassador The Girl Generation, urged journalists to send a clear message to the publicas the association continues fight against the deep-rooted traditional practice.