Women dominates 50 percent of world population

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

President Adama Barrow’s newly appointed minister of women affairs, children and social welfare said on Thursday that meaningful development can hardly be attained around the world without the active participation of women who, she said occupies 50 percent of the world population.

Addressing a women forum at Paradise Suites hotel ahead of the 2019 International Women’s Day which was celebrated on Friday, Fatou Sanneh-Kinteh said International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate achievements made by women and to identify their challenges and making recommendations for improvement.

The theme of this year’s celebration was: Think Equal, build smart and innovate for change, balance for better.

Minister Sanneh-Kinteh said a lot have been achieved in the area of women advancement with a lot still remained to be achieved.

Isatou Daa Sawaneh, who spoke on behalf of the chairperson for National Women Council thanked President Barrow for creating the women affairs ministry, saying that was a historic moment for The Gambia and a clear manifestation of government commitment towards gender equality and empowerment of women in all level of the country.

Madam Sawaneh added that Gambian women can immensely contribute towards achieving the expected outcome of the National Development Plan (NDP), saying to empower women and children, women representation at key positions particularly at the highest level of decision making must be improved. “I am appealing to the Women’s Bureau and other women organizations, civil societies and government leaders to continue the advocacy for the adoption of the 30 percent quota.”

 Kunle Adeniyi, UNFPA country representative congratulate women on the International Women Day celebration. “We also celebrate women achievements all over the world. Women around the world are still claiming for change and I am for the change that we expect in this world.”

Author: Njie Baldeh