Protecting Girls in The Gambia from Female Genital Mutilation

GAMCOTRAP activists Monday
GAMCOTRAP activists Monday

We're writing to you today with urgent news from The Gambia, where lawmakers have taken a dangerous step backward in the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM). In a troubling move, the Gambian National Assembly has voted to advance a bill that would repeal a landmark ban on FGM, jeopardizing the safety and well-being of millions of girls in the country.

If this bill passes its final round of voting, The Gambia will become the first nation to roll back protections against FGM, setting a dangerous precedent that could embolden other countries to follow suit. Already pro-FGM groups in other countries, have been celebrating this as a win. Our grantee AIM in Sierra Leone has reported harassment campaigns directed at them and other frontline women’s groups working to end the harmful traditional practice.

Dr. Isatou Touray, GAMCOTRAP Executive Director, with activists Monday
Dr. Isatou Touray, GAMCOTRAP Executive Director, with activists Monday

However, there is hope. Our grantee, GAMCOTRAP, has been at the forefront of the fight against FGM in The Gambia for years. They have mobilized hundreds of young activists to protest this regressive decision by lawmakers, demonstrating the resilience and determination of the Gambian women’s rights movement. But the fight is far from over. Despite facing significant obstacles, including police barricades and opposition from religious leaders, GAMCOTRAP and their allies remain steadfast in their commitment to safeguarding girls from the harms of FGM.

But they cannot do it alone. We're calling on you to join us in strengthening GAMCOTRAP's efforts in The Gambia. Your donation can make a tangible difference in their ability to mobilize activists, raise awareness, and advocate for the rights of women and girls.

Every dollar counts in the fight against FGM. Your contribution will enable GAMCOTRAP to continue their advocacy, even in the face of mounting challenges and opposition.

Please help spread the word and encourage others to support GAMCOTRAP's efforts. Together, we can make a meaningful impact and protect the rights of women and girls in The Gambia and beyond.

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