GAMBIA: Fight Against FGM Boosted - As 24 Communities Drop The Kife In Urr

Basse Urr In what could be described as yet another victory in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM), about 24 communities in the Upper River Region on Sunday the 14th June, solemnly declared publicly that they will no longer circumcise their girls.

Bakary Tamba, Tostan's country co-ordinator, explained to the gathering that Tostan's mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. According to Tamba, in 2006, Tostan established a partnership with The Gambia Women's Bureau and UNICEF to facilitate non-formal education in The Gambia.

Co-ordinator Tamba further stated that the declaration that the women were making, will go a long way in maintaining good maternal health. He urged the women to continue advocating and sensitising their relatives and fellows. He finally thanked the government of The Gambia through the deputy governor for providing the conducive environment for them to execute their roles.

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