As a team of the Wassu Foundation (WF) we are happy and proud to have had the participation of more than 300 people in the II International Forum on FGM/C in The Gambia. Exploring strategies and good practices: From local to global - Evidence into action, held in Brufut on February 5th and 6th on the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance with FGM/C.
The seminar, organized by Wassu Gambia Kafo (WGK) with the support of the European Union, the government of the Republic of The Gambia, the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), began with the presentation given by the director of FW, Prof. Adriana Kaplan, followed by the prayers of Imam Masamba Jagne and the Reverend William Dei-Alorse. The prayers gave way to the welcoming speeches of the EU Ambassador, Attila Lajos, and the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of The Gambia, Saffie Lowe Ceesay. And to officially inaugurate the forum, we had the honor to listen to the moving speech of the Vice President of The Gambia, Fatoumata Tambajang.
The audience actively participated with questions and reflections for each of the 7 panels: Transferring knowledge in cascade; Gambian young women speak; Islam and FGM/C; Legislation, Justice and Human Rights; Health Policies, clinical studies and medicalization; Exploring strategies and experiences in Africa; and Situation of FGM/C in diaspora.
During the second day of the forum, the FW team delivered surveys to evaluate the impact of the forum, whose results are encouraging and motivate us to continue working: 90.1% of the participants considered that the forum changed the ideas they had about FGM/C; 96.2% say that they will apply the knowledge acquired in their work, and practically all of the participants believe that men, women and young people have a key role in the prevention and eradication of FGM/C.
The last presentation of the forum was Mooladeé (Sembène, 2003), a film about a woman who lives in a village in Burkina Faso and rebels against the practice of FGM/C. The film was presented by the main actress, Fatoumata Coulibaly, who received applause from a standing audience at the end of the film.
The closing was in charge of Bafou Jeng, representing the Minister of Justice, A.M. Abubacarr Tambadou, who was followed by the reproduction of the video of the song I Love Her Complete , composed by the musician Jalikebba for Wassu Gambia Kafo.
Watch the opening video of the forum