117 Communities Publicly Declare Abandonment of FGC, Early And Forced Marriage in Urr

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As part of their efforts towards protecting the human rights of women and girls in the Gambia and URR in particular, over one hundred and seventeen communities in the region have on the 12th of June 2011 pledged to abandon the cultural and traditional practices of FGC, early and forced marriage at a public declaration ceremony held at Basse Mini station. These communities included the adopted villages that participated in the Tostan, UNICEF and the Gambia Government joint project. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of participants, including representatives from the government of the Gambia, neighbouring republic of Senegal, Unicef, civil society organizations, local authorities, traditional communicators, cultural troops, community members and the media. Read more at All Africa
Relates to Gambia
Sectors: Child Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Health, Human Rights, Legal Rights, Trafficking, Violence Against Women
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