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75 days of VOX POP with Community Leaders to End FGM, Upper River Region, The Gambia

By Mamadou A H Bah

Our Objective:

Intensifying voices on FGM through the solidification of the voices of voters and the citizenry on the law on FGM including religious and cultural misconnections on FGM.

The success:

The Gambia held its presidential elections in December and is heading to the polls in April to elect constituency representatives in the house of parliament.

Videos will be transcribed into audio format and aired on GRTS radio station in the Upper River Region. The audios have voices of the only female community heads in The Gambia, woman politicians, and youth leaders who ask aspiring… Share on X

The Audio recorded in the different languages (Fula, Mandinka, and Sarahule) on FGM and child marriage aired within 75 days each day 5 slots were aired between 11am – 8pm.

Strong messages:

The audio of the village head of Kaba Kama a community that widely listened to GRTS radio Basse helped in ensuring the community and surroundings understanding the effects of FGM as the current female village head is a retired nurse having firsthand experience of the consequences caused during birth due to FGM or Child Marriage.

Unexpected wins

The participation of the female village head on the radio has added value in changing the narrative on FGM and child marriage in the region and beyond. Also, her participation has broken barriers in equal gender representation for structures at the community level.

Ruth Harley

Ruth Harley is working with GMC as a Website News Editor, compiling stories written by End FGM campaigners working with the Global Media Campaign to End FGM across Africa. Alongside this work, she is running The Women’s Vinyl Project which empowers women and girls through singing and music and is helping to end FGM.