GAMCOTRAP trains Community-Based Facilitators
The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP) recently held a two-day training workshop for Community Based Facilitators (CBF) in the Kombo’s at Kabafita Nursery School.
Over the years, GAMCOTRAP had partnered with the office of the Governor, District chiefs and communities in the West Coast Region (WCR) on projects, geared towards empowerment and protection of women and children from female genital mutilation, forced and early marriages, and other forms of gender- based violence.
Since 2010, GAMCOTRAP has been implementing projects in the WCR and it is currently implementing the project, entitled “From a health-based to a rights-based approach”.
The project includes conducting training and awareness-creation in the region, with community-based facilitators, women leaders, women of reproductive age, circumcisers and their assistants, traditional communicators, traditional birth attendants and young people.
Speaking at the event, Dr Isatou Touray, the executive director of GAMCOTRAP, said the purpose of the training is to create awareness on traditional practices in The Gambia. According to her, the training is aimed to help preserve beneficial practices, such as breast-feeding, as well as eliminating harmful traditional practices, such as Female Genital Mutilation.
She added that GAMCOTRAP is committed to the promotion and protection of women and girls political, socially, educationally, etc.
Dr Touray added that they support any national and international declaration that protect these rights, particularly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Deputizing for the governor of WCR, Aminatta Siffai Hydara, Mariama Bah-Saine, the vice- chairman of Brikama Area Council, who also doubles as the ward councillor of Banjulinding commended the women associations, who had one way or the other participated in the programme.
She challenged women to take the sensitisation with seriousness and make the best use of it, as he appealed to religious leaders to join the campaign to end domestic violence against women.