NoGJWCA executive, UNESCO discuss partnership

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Members of the executive for the Network of Gender Journalists for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA) on Wednesday met UNESCO officials to discuss the partnership as well as the way forward.

Speaking during the meeting, Pateh Baldeh, the president of NoGJWCA, said the network was formed in 2010 and in 2017 they were able to review and revise it in order to legally register and to enable it to legally operate as any other organisation in the country.

He said the Network was established in 2010 under the auspices of Women’s Bureau when three groups were selected to go and attend a training regarding women empowerment.

NoGJWCA President said the network was ready to work with government, organizations and the UN system that are ready to promote women affairs as well as culture.

Njie Baldeh, Secretary General of NoGJWCA, said the network was formed to promote culture and women affairs and they found it necessary that UNESCO is the right institution that they could work with in all areas.

Pa Modou Faal, also a member said the network wrote to UNESCO in order to work with them in the areas of women and culture as well as peace building because these are important issues.

Mr Faal added that the media should showcase some of the cultural good practices so that people could learn and know what UNESCO is doing in the country.

Speaking on half of NATCOM, UNESCO, Ms Maimuna Sidibeh, Principal Programme Officer, NATCOM, UNESCO, said since she started working with the Commission the media has been their partner.

Ms Sidiben added that the Network of Gender Journalists for Women and Cultural Advancement has a great opportunity because UNESCO is out to promote women issues, especially women in media.

In the area of promoting culture, the UNESCO Programme Officer said they have world heritage sites in The Gambia, which is the Stone Circle in Wassau and also in James Island.

“The publicity about those sites is really lacking and coming with this network is really ideal to have a media vocal point that will be out there to specifically look at issues relating to UNESCO issues in terms of culture, in terms of communication, and in terms of gender,” she said.

Author: Fatou Cham