and Senegalese women last week gathered at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi
where they launched the Senegalo-Gambia Women Federation on the theme:
Empowering women for sustainable Development.
Officials say the Federation will suggestively promote and ease the trade border links between the women of the two countries and create an enabling small-scale business environment for its entire membership.
President Ndey Awa Khan affirmed the Federation’s commitment in preparing a vibrant and viable business atmosphere for all members, saying that they have already registered a total number of three thousand women members.
She said they target to reach out to all the women in the two countries to become members of the Federation for a possible smooth running of exchange trade among them. “We are happy that the long anticipated Senegalo-Gambia Women Federation is launched today. The main reason of forming this vital federation is to assist the women of the two countries to realise their efforts in the business environment including other livelihood issues,’’ she said
Executive Secretary of the Senegalo-Gambia Permanent Secretariat Ambassador Foday Secka said formation of the women federation will greatly assist the secretariat in the implementation of some of its programmes.
He assured the Federation of the secretariat’s support in bringing a smooth relationship between the countries in the area of business and other meaningful concern about women. “The Senegalo-Gambia Permanent Secretariat will work hand in glove with the Federation for the benefit of our two countries.’’
In her launch statement, women and children affairs minister Fatou Sanyang-Kinteh highlighted the importance of the Federation, saying it will help in the improvement and modernisation of the existing livelihood business of women.
She said both countries have long existing relationship in different development areas, saying the Federation will help in boosting such relations.
Minister Sanyang-Kinteh affirmed her ministry’s untiring support in partnering with the Federation for the development of women and children in both countries. “One of the reasons for forming this Federation is to ensure that every woman in The Gambia and Senegal have access to microfinance, training and be equipped with necessary skills of entrepreneurship,” she said.