GTU to host international gender convergence

Friday, January 12, 2018

Marie Antoinette Corr, sectary general of the Gambia Teachers Union (GTU) yesterday said the Union will host an international gender related workshop this year which will bring together 35 national and international participants including all the secretaries general, presidents and gender coordinators from The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria.

Madam Corr made the revelation yesterday at the Union’s headquarters along the Management Development Institute (MDI) road in Kanifing where members gathered at a forum where they developed gender related messages.

The forum was attended by the union’s regional executive committees, members, principals, teachers and members of the Forum for Women Educationalist.

 She said GTU is affiliated to Education International (EI) which is a parent body responsible for all teacher unions in the world with 33 million members from 180 countries comprising 400 Teacher Unions.

She said gender related issues are always important to Education International and so is the GTU as they have created a wing called Status of Women Committee.

“We are supported by Education International Regional Office in Africa to develop gender sensitive messages that will tell a story. We will sensitize the public to discourage violation of the rights of women and girls,” she disclosed.

She said the developed messages will be used to sensitize people on the violence against women and girls, saying these violations are today widespread all over the world. “The messages will be forwarded to Education International who will put them into stickers and posters that will be supplied to other Unions for sensitization.”

According to her, the union has many plans for this year which, he said would include sensitization of its executive committees and training of the Women’s Wing on information communication and technology. 

Author: Fatou B. Cham
Source: Picture: Marie Antoinette Corr, secretary general of the Gambia Teachers Union (GTU)