Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) The Gambia have recently concluded a
two-day capacity building training for fifty women from political parties on
leadership at the Mesty hotel in Kololi.
National Coordinator Salama Njie said the world is in desperate need of great leaders whether in business or in politics and that was why her Network decided to conduct the training.
According to her, even with all the progress made for equality between men and women in leadership positions in so many ways, women are still severely underrepresented in all spheres of decision-making.
She said countries become poorer if their population’s potential is not tapped and obstacles to gender equality and women empowerment are not removed.
Ms. Njie said government of The Gambia have ratified numerous conventions and declarations geared towards women empowerment, including the national gender policy and other measures in promoting gender equality and equity but still lots needs to be done. “When it comes to the security sector, women are seriously under represented at the top level. They are also discriminated against when it comes to peacekeeping missions.”
Kunle Adeniyi, UNFPA country representative said women are important in the world because disparities still exist between men and women in power sharing, participation and control over decisions at all levels of the society.