director of Action-Aid The Gambia has assured the Network of Gender Journalists
for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA) members of an amiable partnership
so as to contribute to national development.
Omar Badjie was speaking on Monday when NoGJWCA executive paid a courtesy call on him at his office along MDI road in Kanifing. “We are working with a Network of Gender Base Violence that is focused to fight against women and girls with emphasis on FGM and early marriage. Their activities are similar with your Network activities,” Mr. Badjie said.
Badjie promised to collaborate with the Network to be able to profile and make their work known by meeting the people and talking to them about national and global issues. “We want people to know what we are doing and they can also learn from it and be able to increase the number of people who are benefiting from it. So our relationship with you will be of great important.”
He also promised to engage the team to schedule another day for them to sit and discuss areas that they can collaborate, saying women right is a priority area for Action-aid nationally and internationally.
Pateh Baldeh, NoGJWCA president said the Network was created in 2009 to promote women empowerment and fight against harmful traditional practices that are affecting the lives of women and the girl child, especially FGM, early marriage and women ownership of lands. “We also want to have our own office to effectively carry out our activities, especially for women in the rural areas because we have observed that women are left behind when it comes to leadership.”
Njie Baldeh, NoGJWCA secretary general said the Network needs Action-aid support to continue advocating for the right of women and the girl child.