SGNWEL celebrates 1st Anniversary in Gambia

Friday, October 26, 2018

Members of Senegalo-Gambia Network of Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SGNWEL), a non-governmental organisation set up in October 2017 to network women and youth about entrepreneurship and fight against cancer recently celebrated its first year anniversary.

The celebration was held at The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) office at Kerr Jula along the Bertil Harding highway.

The Network’s vice president Aja Marie Jobarteh said the Network gave a brief background of the network, saying it was launched by the former vice president Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang.

“It comprises of women entrepreneurs from Senegal and The Gambia who are committed to working together to foster trade between the two countries and support the economic empowerment of women and youth since its inception,” she said.

The Network, he said, has since grown from twenty members from each country to 180 members. “Our youth members donated blood to Bafrow clinic. The organisation promotes the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection. The objective of the organisation is to bring together women entrepreneurs and leaders, passionate and committed to working together.”

Mrs. Jobarteh said another objective of the organisation is to create a platform for the exchange ideas as well as deliberate on issues pertinent to the advancement of women entrepreneurs and leaders in the two countries.

Guest speaker Lamin Bojang said cancer is a disease that is of great concern to people and it affects women the most. “Cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer and cancer related death among women in Sub-Saharan Africa. It affects women who are important to their families as mothers, partners and sisters. Additionally, these women play important role in their community and the country’s economy.”

He pointed out that much effort should be done to provide the right facilities and early treatment of the ailment in The Gambia.

Youth wing leader Ejatou Jallow thanked the two governments for creating conducive environment and their support towards the creation and advancement of the network.

Author: Fatou Bojang and Fatou Dem