Against Gender Based Violence (NGBV), Tuesday presented a 12-point position
paper to National Assembly Members and decision makers in demand for action to
address sexual and domestic violence in communities, schools, workplaces and
other public spaces.
The high level meeting held at NaNA conference hall in Bakau, brought together NAMs, permanent secretaries, directors, head of security forces and women representatives from different regions.
Acting national coordinator Falou Sowe called on the authorities to take their demands seriously, saying, “We will continue to drain our development if we fail to act on gender based violence.”
He noted if there is less gender based violence in the country, cost across various sectors will reduce and development will improve.
Chairperson of the National Assembly select committee on health, women and children, Ousman Sillah commended the organisation for their efforts in trying to end gender based violence in the country. “We must promote and defend the rights of women and girls.”
He highlighted that as individuals, family heads and people entrusted with responsibility, they should ensure that there is zero tolerance for gender based violence in communities, schools and at workplaces.
Omar Badjie, Executive Director of ActionAid International The Gambia said women rights are critical, adding that traditionally, “we have been brought up to believe that women should always be subservient to men.”
He pointed out that the rights of the girl child is sometimes violated at family level by the people she trust most and such can have long term effects on her and can reduce her ability to contribute maximally to national development.