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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (13)


News from JUST ACT, partner organization of NFI in the Landscape of the Year 

NFI has reported on its partner organization in TheGambia (JUST ACT - Janjanbureh Uniting Sustainable Tourism And Community Training) on several occasions, most recently on the blog about the Friends of Nature journey "Tour d'horizon" in January 2018 (interview with the organization's director, Omar Jammeh, in English, German and French ---> ) and in the Info-Mail Science (German).
These reports concerned the work of JUST ACT in the field of sustainable tourism. This is currently taking place within the framework of the "The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project" (2017 - 2021), funded by the EU and the ITC (International Trade Centre), to “boost job creation and support long-term economic sustainability for the Gambia”. 



   In view of the fact that 60% of the Gambian population are young people under the age of 25, this program is also likely to be seen as an instrument for "fighting root causes of migration”. JUST ACT is carrying out various actions as a youth organization competent in the field of sustainable tourism. The organization was also involved in the project launch of a “Youth and Trade Roadmap of the Gambia - Tourism Sector” on May 15, 2018.

But JUST ACT is also involved in action on a major societal issue, i.e. the fight against female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM has been banned in The Gambia since 2015 and in Senegal since 1999 and is punishable. Yet, these inhumane practices are still deeply rooted in many African countries. The young – female and male – leaders and members of JUST ACT feel that it is indispensable to vigorously fight against it and train trainers in this field. This has been done since 2017 with the support of the organization "The Girl Generation". Omar Jammeh, as a trained trainer, participated in the first Pan-African Youth Summit to end FGM, saying in his statement: "FGM is a deep-rooted inequality between male and female, and constitutes a life-threatening form of discrimination against women and girls. The practice also violates their rights to health, security and physical integrity, their right to be free from torture and cruelty, inhuman or degrading treatment, and their right to life when the procedure results in death".
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