Society does not exist in a vacuum. It is built within a framework of values that are identified with norms, cultures and traditions. These elements are designed and developed overtime, and sustained by a people to give them their identity, to govern their day-to-day lives, and to direct their socio-economic activities. Culture and tradition have the capacity to maintain peaceful co-existence among a people just as they have the capacity to destroy and integrate society. One must not therefore underestimate the power and influence of our tradition and culture. Fortunately, the dynamics of these elements can make space for adjustments and change. The success of such adjustments is of course determined by peoples' approaches in dealing with the issue for which change is desired. It is within this context that BAFROW and its grassroots partners conceived the idea of addressing the issue of FGMC within the framework of a restructured passage rite for girls.
In our efforts therefore, to eliminate the practice of FGMC, we must built upon the positive aspects of the tradition and do away with the negative aspects. Thus, "Initiation without Mutilation". The restructured rite of passage for girls is an approach that seeks to demonstrate to the Gambian populace the need to respect and appreciate our cultural heritage; the need to understand that we cannot afford to deprive our people of their entire values let alone those that enhance peaceful coexistence and of course the need to make adjustments and changes in our traditions without causing any damage to the very fabric that holds our existence, that gives meaning to our lives; an identity that is unique to our people.