The proprietress of Katanya Women’s Development Association (KWDA), Annemarie Caulker, recently stated that her association would do all that was humanely possible to ensure that Female Genital Mutilation be minimized.
During an interaction session with journalists at the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Wallace Johnson Street in Freetown, Madame Caulker accentuated that her “…organization is in the forefront of the campaign against harmful traditional practices, which include FGM.”
She noted that, “we have been traveling around the country sensitizing our people and suggesting alternative means of livelihood for them.”
Madame Caulker continued: “we are no doubt making significant progress because the debate on the issue has now opened.”
She maintained that the issue was no longer a taboo as the silence on this harmful traditional practice had now been broken.
The anti-FGM advocate explained about a conference she recently attended in Ghana, which was organized by the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights.
The lesson learnt from this conference, which Madame Caulker described as an eye-opener, “must be preserved.”
She however stated that the challenge was not an easy task, adding that despite this “more and more people are joining the campaign and…we at KAWDA are sure to emerge victorious in the fight against harmful traditional practices.”