Darboe launches African Rising engagement space

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Vice president Ousainou Darboe last Friday launched the African Rising (AR) engagement space for civil society youth, women activists, regional leaders, artistes for national development and gender for justice at Senegambia beach hotel.

This is expected to enable stakeholders to familiarize themselves with African Rising’s work across the continent and to join the movement. The movement is open to all Africans and those in the Diaspora.

Africans rising is a pan-African movement of people and organizations, working for justice, peace and dignity. Members said, they are determined to foster an African-wide solidarity and unity of purpose for the people of Africa to build the future they want; including right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity for social economic, environment and gender justice.

Presiding over the launch, Vice President Ousainou Darboe said he believed that the struggle that Gambian people were making to stop dictatorship for 22-years will not go in vein, promising that no dictatorship will ever happen in The Gambia again.

He said they are preparing a new constitution with young people largely involving in the decision making process. “The government will consider the youth of this country and  will continue to fight against corruption and human right violations, encourage more action oriented for African Rising in The Gambia.”  

The Movement’s representative in The Gambia Lala Touray said President Adama Barrow’s administration should provide the platform for young people to participate in the country’s decision making processes, saying for the past 22 years, young people were marginalized and denied their fundamental human right.

She said young people must be given the room to participate, particularly in decisions that are made on their behalf.

Aja Fatou Trawally, president of rural women assembly said they want women to be given the chance to express themselves, saying “we should not be marginalized in terms of development and agriculture.”  

Boniface Mwangi, African Rising Ambassador said Gambia’s success and future rest in the hands of its young people. “They should help to build the new Gambia and the position of women in the parliament.”

Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, the Movement’s coordinator said African Rising was established in 2016 to rise together with discipline and unity. 

Author: Sanna Jallow