Wednesday 25th November 2015
Network Against Gender-Based Violence, The Gambia
The objective of the Network against Gender-Based Violence is to establish an Anti-FGM law in The Gambia.
Their key strategies towards achieving this objective are to strengthen national advocacy coalition; to develop advocacy strategy with National Assembly; to conduct clinical research on effects of FGM on obstetric outcomes, and to conduct and support grass-roots advocacy with religious leaders, men and cutters.
This video above, from ActionAid The Gambia, introduces the organisations behind the Network against Gender-Based Violence, and explains their plans, strategies and motivations.
Watch another video from ActionAid The Gambia on YouTube HERE .
Please note: this video was created in October 2015, and some of the statements may appear out of date, in light of the announcement from The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh on 23rd November 2015.
President Jammeh announced on Monday that Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C) would be outlawed in The Gambia. This ban is due to come into effect immediately, although it was unclear when the government would draft legislation to enforce it.
We at AmplifyChange welcome and support this announcement, which is very positive news for The Gambia and for the Network Against Gender-Based Violence. However, we recognise that there is still much work to be done on this issue, particularly in supporting grassroots advocacy in the country to ensure the proper establishment and implementation of this new law against FGM/C.