The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP)

GAMCOTRAP is a grassroots women’s rights organization established in 1984 after a regional conference was organised in Dakar, Senegal by the World Health Organisation. The focus of the conference was to discuss issues regarding harmful traditional practices that affect the reproductive health of women in Africa. As a result, the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children constituted to respond to and address those practices affecting women’s sexual and reproductive health rights i.e. Female genital mutilation, early marriages, nutritional taboos etc. Its activities include advocacy and creating awareness around traditional practices and other gender related issues affecting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girl-children, women, and other vulnerable groups. GAMCOTRAP advocacy to promote women’s rights is to support the government’s effort in fulfilling its commitment to women’s rights conventions signed and ratified by the state on behalf of women.

GAMCOTRAP aims for the preservation of beneficial practices as well as the elimination of all forms of harmful traditional practices. The organisation is committed to the promotion and protection of women and girl children’s political, social, sexual, reproductive health and educational rights.

They support any national and international declaration protecting these rights, in particular the Convention on the elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as the African Protocol on Women’s Rights and all other treatise that address gender inequality.

GAMCOTRAP’s overall objective is to intensify efforts to accelerate the elimination of harmful traditional practices that contributes to gender based violence and abuse of human rights and reproductive health rights of women and girl children in the Gambia.

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