Gambia launches 50 million Women Speak Project

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

As part of efforts to empower women in the area of entrepreneurship, Dr. Isatou Tourary last Thursday officially launched the 50 Million Women Speak Platform Project.

The official launching of the project which was held at a local hotel was attended by senior government officials, NGOS as well as representatives of international organisations in the country.

The project is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) in partnership with Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a total of 9.8 million dollars.

Delivering her opening statement, Dr Isatou Touray, minister of Health and Social Welfare said the project aims at reaching over 50 million African women with the purpose of improving their access to information, as well as to create women entrepreneurs that will connect them to each other in order to promote peer learning, mentoring and sharing the means of financial accessibility among young women entrepreneurs and beginners.

According to the Health minister, the project is to improve the ability of women entrepreneurs to access finance as well as to find relevant financial information that will assist them to grow and sustain their businesses. She added that the project will also engage women in exchanging their ideas on entrepreneurship through fostering peer learning amongst themselves.

“The project will reduce gender inequalities, increase women youth empowerment as well as to improve the GDP of the country.”

According to her, the project will also provide a digital networking platform for women entrepreneurs which will connect them to each other’s border trading.

“The Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Children and Social Welfare will coordinate through the Women’s Bureau in collaboration with members of the country team on information related to women entrepreneurship, and the team will solicit fulfilling in supporting this initiative that is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the National Development Plan (NDP) of the country.”

Minister Touray added that the project funds will be shared to support women’s economic activities and initiative that will contribute to the development of women and youth empowerment in the country.

Ms. Vabah K. Gayflor, Resident Representative of ECOWAS Commission, said the project stands to support women empowerment in creating multinational networking platform for women in Africa.

She explained that the project is timely and significant in The Gambia as they will find solutions in reducing the gender gap through empowering women in various sectors of development.

Mrs. Ramatoulie Barry Gaye, consultant for the project, said that the platform is digital networking that aims to connect women in 88 African countries in having access to business.

Mrs. Fanta Bai Secka, executive director of Women’s Bureau, said the 50 Million Speak Platform Project will serve as platform to empower women in different ways of life.

She added that the project will create participation in entrepreneurship business and it will give skills to women in The Gambia.

Author: Njie Baldeh