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2008 Press Release

National News Release from GAMCOTRAP

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the health of women and children – GAMCOTRAP with support from the Inter African Committee on Traditional practices based in Addis Ababa has provided over one hundred thousand Dalasi to nineteen Circumcisers from the Upper and Central Regions to engage in Alternative Employment Opportunities Project.

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Report by Honourable Nyimasata Sanneh, Board member of GAMCOTRAP Joins Government delegation to a Regional Workshop on FGM in Dakar, Senegal from 12th – 16th October 2008.

GAMCOTRAP joined the Gambian delegation to the Regional Workshop for the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation held in Dakar, Senegal from the 13th – 16th ctober 2008. UNICEF facilitated the participation of the Gambian delegation led by the Executive Director of the Women’s Bureau, Ida Faye Hydara.

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Cover Letter for Foroya

Can you kindly find space in your newspaper for the publication of the attached press release on GAMCOTRAP’s community activities marking Zero Tolerance to FGM Day. We thank you in advance for your usual cooperation.

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Cover Letter for Observer

Can you kindly find space in your newspaper for the publication of the attached press release on GAMCOTRAP’s community activities to mark Zero Tolerance to FGM Day. We thank you in advance for your usual cooperation.

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GAMCOTRAP Celebrates International Women’s Day and Launches its website.

GAMCOTRAP joins the rest of the women’s movement around the world to celebrate international women’s day by officially launching its website, www.gamcotrap.gm. followed by presentation on the theme “the struggle for gender equality continues…” as well as a presentation on Violence Against Women – cases reported to GAMCOTRAP.

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German Embassy Supports Kartong women with over one hundred and four thousand Dalasis through GAMCOTRAP

The German Embassy in Dakar, Senegal through its Banjul office has provided tie and dye materials, gas cookers and deep freezers worth over One hundred and four thousand Dalasis to Kartong Women’s group. The group comprises of women and girls will benefit from the support to improve their economic status and that of their families.

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National News Release from GAMCOTRAP

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the Health of Women and Children – GAMCOTRAP in partnership with the Inter-Africa Committee and Equality Now recently concluded series of sensitization programmes in Basse - Upper River Region.

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GAMCOTRAP holds Community Training to stop FGM in the Western and Upper River Regions

Over fifty Traditional Birth Attendants and Circumcisers from the five districts of Foni, participated at a three day workshop held in Sibanor, Foni Bintang Karanai. Governor Western Region, Mr. Abdou Badgie welcomed GAMCOTRAP in Foni and said that they are happy that the organization is also engaging the Foni area towards the eradication of female genital mutilation - FGM.

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Presentations at training workshops held at Foni and the URR in May 2008

Speaking on the religious misconceptions related to FGM, Oustass Muhamadou Sanuwo reiterated that FGM is not a Quranic injunction and that Hadith associated to FGM are weak and cannot justify the harm the practice causes to women, because Islam does not accept any practice that causes more harm than good to human beings. He reminded participants that the historic myth associated to the wives of Prophet Ibrahim was based on jealousy between co-wives and not for religious reasons.

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Story On AEO Project IAC

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices affecting the health of women and children – GAMCOTRAP with support from the Inter African Committee on Traditional practices based in Addis Ababa has provided over one hundred thousand Dalasi to nineteen Circumcisers from the Upper and Central Regions to engage in Alternative Employment Opportunities Project.

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 SIX ALKALOLU WITNESS SENSITIZATION ON FGM AT BANTANTO

Six Alkalolu, Imams and council of elders were amongst over one hundred women and men who witnessed the training on sexual and reproductive health and the rights of women, in particular, the effects of female genital mutilation organized by GAMCOTRAP at Bantanto village in Central River Region- CRR. They were amongst over one hundred participants from Bantanto, Mabally Koto, Mabally Kuta and Sare Jibel in the CRR.

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 US Government Awards Dr. Isatou Touray ‘Woman of Courage 2008

The United State embassy in the Gambia has nominated Dr. Isatou Touray, Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP for the United State government International Award of Woman of Courage 2008. During a luncheon in honour of Dr. Touray on the 21st May 2008, the US Ambassador to the Gambia, His Excellency, Barry L. Wells in presenting the award said the American Secretary of State, Condolesa Rice initiated the award to recognize women who have taken the courage to bring about change in their communities in pursuit of democracy and human rights to guarantee safety and security.

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Women Leaders in FONI trained on Female Genital Mutilation

Over twenty women leaders from Foni Jarrol, Bintang Karanai, Bondali and Kansala in the Western Region converged at Bwiam Lodge for a three days training on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls against harmful traditional practices.

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 GAMCOTRAP Conducts Sensitization with Gambians in Catalunya, Spain

GAMCOTRAP in partnership with AMAM - a women’s right organization against female genital mutilation in Spain conducted sensitization meetings in ten villages and towns in Girona, Catalunya district, Spain. The twelve day bridge building visit was an opportunity to create awareness on women and children’s rights, traditional practices, the Spanish government protocol against female genital mutilation in particular.

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Zero Tolerance And Other URR Training Programms

The community of Basse Manneh Kunda and their Circumciser, Dusu Kanteh made a public declaration to stop female genital mutilation in their village. This declaration was made at this year’s celebration of Zero Tolerance to FGM organized by GAMCOTRAP in the Upper River Region. Speaking on behalf of the Governor of the region, the deputy Governor, Mr. MS Kah said his office is fully aware of the efforts being made by GAMCOTRAP...

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