18 October 2012

Gambia: NSGA Trains Youths On Gender-Based Violence

Nova Scotia-Gambia Association (NSGA), in collaboration with the United Guardian for Youth Development (UGYD), on Sunday trained 40 youths on gender-based violence at the New Life School in Kanifing.

The training was centred on the young people, especially girls, who are liable to vices such as domestic violence, sexual abuse and psychological problems. It was geared towards helping young people to be aware of the type of violence that are happening and how they come to be and in what circumstances they occur. The young people are also informed of the steps they should take towards this social problem, which are mostly common in girls and women.

Speaking at the training, Momodou Juju Jallow, the chairperson of UGYD, thanked NSGA for coming up with such initiative, noting that it is time to sensitise the young people on gender-based violence. This he said, will help them to know what gender and violence are all about. According to him, they are working with the youth,and are looking at all the problems affecting them, particularly those of the girls, being the most vulnerable. Jallow noted that most of the youth especially girls are sexually harassed and abused particularly in war zone areas.

Isatou Sanneh, the Gender and Culture officer of UGYD said that the reason for organising the the training was to give the girls the same opportunity as the boys;, rather than subjecting them to harassment and other negative issues.

Fatoumatta Ceesay of NSGA also spoke at the event.

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