GamChix women in Technology celebrates 1st anniversary

Monday, January 21, 2019

Gamchix- women in Technology; an organisation that aims to empower, connect and support women leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) have recently celebrated their first anniversary at the American corner along Kairaba Avenue.

The organissation targets to provide support to women in STEM by providing them access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams and become role models for their fellow women and girls in the society.

Representing the Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure, Ebrima Darboe said government is aware of the critical role gender equality plays in the overall socio-economic development of the country, by ending violence and discrimination against women and girls in ensuring that they have equal opportunities in all areas of life.

He said the government has gone further to set aside numerous strategies and interventions geared towards the attainment of both national and international agreed targets.

Mr. Darboe stated that key outcomes of the critical enablers is to enhance women participation in the country’s economy and to ensure that they have the requisite opportunities to improve and sustain their livelihoods.

He further informed the gathering that his ministry and the country’s regulatory body –PURA- have also been supporting women in ICT development through funding of the annual commemoration of the ‘Girls in ICT’ in The Gambia. “This platform brings together experienced and emerging women in ICT which gives them the opportunity to interact, learn and inspire one another.”

He assured his ministry’s support to the organisation in its quest to empower women globally through SDGs and Gambia’s National Development Plan (NDP).

It is part of the organisation’s mandate to participate in global activities to empower women in STEM by conducting activities such as mentorship training, child online safety and safe browsing, capacity building and online training on UNIX systems and DNS servers with the aim of enhancing skills in all various aspects of computing.

The Organisation’s Public relations officer Marie Ellen Chery thanked the participants and their partners for their continuous support towards their success. “We recognise the efforts of our members and I urge them to continue the good work.” 

Author: Fatou Bojang