Gambia hosts Sub-regional Security Council Confab

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

As part of efforts to discuss issues regarding women and security in the sub-region, delegates from the sub-region are meeting in Banjul to discuss issues regarding Women and Security for West Africa and the Sahel.

The meeting which is underway at a local hotel in Banjul is organised by the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare in collaboration with the UN Office for West Africa and The Sahel (UNOWAS).

Delivering her opening statement on behalf of President Adama Barrow, Dr. Isatou Tourary, vice president of The Gambia welcomed all delegates to the country for attending that important regional open day on security council resolution 1325 (2000) and the subsequent resolution on Women, Youth, Peace and Security.

“I feel greatly honoured and privileged to be part of this historic occasion and also to be accorded the opportunity to open the 2019 edition of the regional open day which is dedicated to assess the implementation and perspectives of resolution 1325 (2000) and subsequent resolution in West Africa and the Sahel.”

VP Tourary said The Gambia is very honoured and proud to host and convene for the first time an “Open Day on Gender, Women Peace and Security.” She said that such an important debate on Women, Peace, and Security for Women of West Africa and the Sahel in particular, will go down in the annals of Gambia’s history.

“I would like to express our deep appreciation and thanks to the United Nations Office for Women in West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and His Excellency the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, as well as the UN system in The Gambia for the invaluable efforts undertaken to efficiently coordinate and convene this important conference.

Dr. Tourary added that 19 years after the adoption of the 1325 Resolution on Women, Peace and Security was unanimously passed by the UN Security Council in October 2000, this Banjul forum is meant to review progress to engage in dialogue with women and young leaders in the region on challenges and synergies for the effective implementation of Resolution on women, youth, peace and security in West Africa and the Sahel.

Author: Njie Baldeh