are currently discussing a draft programme for the establishment of women peace
building network underway at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi. The synergy
is organised by Womens’ Bureau with support from United Nations for Development
Bulli Mustapha Dibba, permanent secretary at the ministry of Women Affairs, Children and Social Welfare said women and girls make-up half of Gambia’s population and contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth and poverty eradication efforts. “We recognise the critical role of women in peace and security as we continue to emphasise that gender equality and women participation are inseparable from sustainable peace and development.”
Mr. Dibba explained that key among the positive processes to achieve sustainable peace under Gambia’s new found democracy is to divert excessive military expenditures to social development and recognise the leadership role of women for advancing a culture of peace.
“My ministry will work tirelessly with all stakeholders to promote gender mainstreaming in peace-building and conflict-prevention frameworks at the community, national and regional levels.”
Neneh Touray, assistant director of information, education and communication at Womens’ Bureau also doubling as the national representative for Gambia chapter working group for women, youth, peace and security for West Africa and the Sahel said there will be no development without effective participation of women in peace building, mediation and conflict resolution.
She said the UN resolution 1325 that calls for effective women participation in peace building was passed in 2000, saying without effective participation of women and youths there will be no peace.