Never Again in My Generation Campaign FGM/C and Child Marriage
NYC in collaboration with UNICEF The Gambia initiated a project called: NEVER AGAIN IN MY GENERATION CAMPAIGN ON FGM/C AND CHILD MARRIAGE The obejective of this project is to:
  • Raise public awareness and understanding on the dangers and complications associated with FGM/C and Child Marriage through youth led demand for political and commitments.
  • Build community consensus on the negative effects of religion and traditional values that cause, promote and perpetuate the practice of child marriage and FGM/C.
Main activities The activities are expected to not only raise public awareness on the danger of FGM/C but also show young people’s commitment to End FGM in a generation.
  • Day of action to End FGM and Child marriage in my Generation - This activity will entail a nationwide march pass by young people in each of the seven regions. The caravan will present a demand letter to the Governors to call for an End to FGM/C. The activities will be covered by GRTS, print media and youth will also share it on social media to attract public attention. This action will raised awareness and reconfirm young people’s commitment to Ending FGM in the Gambia.
  • Inter-Generational - Dialogue on Ending FGM in a Generation – FGM/C continues to be a generational dilemma with cultural and religious myths used to justify the act. Inter - generational dialogue with community, women, youth leaders, experts and religious leaders is necessary for building consensus on Ending FGM in a generation.
Main Partners  The Council will collaborate with with registered youth groups (listed below) to implement the activity:
He4She Network
Gold Award Holders Association
Association for Progressive African Youth (AJAP)
Your Change for a Change (YCFAC)
Peace Ambassadors, The Gambia
Beakanyang Kafo
Regional Youth Committees (RYC) of CRR and URR
The Girls Agenda
Think Young Women
Safe Hands For Girls
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Sexual & Reproductive Health
Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. It implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life, the capability to reproduce, and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so. To maintain one’s sexual and reproductive health, people need access to accurate information and the safe, effective, affordable and acceptable contraception method of their choice. They must be informed and empowered to protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections. And when they decide to have children, women must have access to services that can help them have a fit pregnancy, safe delivery and healthy baby. Every individual has the right to make their own choices about their sexual and reproductive health. UNFPA, together with a wide range of partners, works toward the goal of universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning. NYC in collaboration with UNFPA Gambia is implementing:
Integrated sexual and reproductive health services: Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV) that are gender-responsive and meet human rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
Adolescents and youth: Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
Gender equality: Advanced gender equality, women’s and girls’ empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth
Evidence-based policymaking: Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality
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YEP Project
The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a four-year initiative implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in partnership with Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MOTIE) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Africa with a budget of 11 Million Euros. The objective of the project is to tackle the economic root causes of irregular migration through increased job opportunities and income prospects for youth. The project improves skills, fosters entrepreneurship and creates employment along selected value chains.   Through the YEP project, NYC organised:
  1. a five-day training for youth leaders on migration management in Bwiam, West Coast Region
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2. an orientation and capacity assessment for 300 irregular migrant returnees
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3.  Youth Conference at National Youth Conference and Festival 2017
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