of Network of Gender Journalists for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA)
has been advocating for mental and economic empowerment to be given to Gambian
women for rapid socio-economic and cultural transformation in the country.
Delivering a statement during the Network’s celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day at their head office at Brusibi, Pateh Baldeh said the celebration targets to see improvement in women empowerment, saying that means providing them with skills and technical knowhow.
Mr. Baldeh said unfortunately, many Gambian women are encountering several challenges that need improvement due to traditional or religious barriers, saying women’s participation in decision making is very limited in The Gambia.
He said Gambia government is trying to fight against the practice of FGM and child marriage and laws have been enacted but there is still need for improvement in the area of attitudinal change towards women. “Women have the right to choose the type of family they want to adopt without being subjected to any force. As far as we are concerned, we have been working with women especially when it comes to women in rural Gambia,” he said.