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Chant, Sylvia (2014) Exemption. LSE Research Festival 2014, The London School of Economics and Political Science (Unpublished)

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Abstract

As part of her work on gender and poverty in The Gambia, Sylvia Chant has collaborated with Dr Isatou Touray, Founder and Executive Director of the NGO, GAMCOTRAP. GAMCOTRAP has since the 1980s been engaged, inter alia, in the struggle to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which affects over two-thirds of the female population in the country. Aside from GAMCOTRAP’s contributions to drafting a parliamentary bill to outlaw FGM, the organisation has also worked in several communities at the grassroots in order to foment popular support for protecting the health of women and girls. In the photograph here, taken at GAMCOTRAPS’s fourth major ‘Dropping of the Knife’ ceremony, held in Wassu, Central River Region in April 2013, thirty circumcisers pledged to abandon the practice, sparing hundreds of young girls from a potentially life-threatening violation of their human and bodily rights, and granting them a future denied to their mothers and grandmothers.

Item Type: Image
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lseresearchfestival
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > LSE Research Festival 2014
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2014 15:40
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 15:56
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57865

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