director of Women’s Bureau has assured that the Bureau will continue to create
a close and cordial working relationship with the Network of Gender Journalists
for Women and Cultural Advancement (NoGJWCA) The Gambia in all areas of
Speaking on Tuesday during a courtesy call by the network members at the Bureau in Banjul, Fanta Bai Secka stated; “I am honored to have you here and to learn that you have a network of gender journalists which I am pleased about because I believe in effective communication. Women’s Bureau had done quite a lot of very good works and had achieved a lot.”
She said there is limited communication and visibility and that could only be achieved through collaboration. “The issue of gender is wide and cross cutting but critical achievement in gender equity, equality and empowerment of women and the girl child is to ensure that we communicate effectively to the grass root so that everyone understands our agenda and know our programmes for the empowerment of women and the girl child.”
Women’s Bureau director underscored the role of media, saying media can ensure that issues affecting women and the girl child are brought to the limelight because these are not issues that should be hidden.
According to her, if people don’t share their challenges it would never be addressed, indicating that the communication range is limited and partnering with the Network would further strengthen their work.
“I challenge you to work closely with the Bureau to ensure that your membership is expanded to all the rural areas. Once that is done, our officers in the rural areas can also be partners when they go into the field.”
Pateh Baldeh, NoGJWCA President said they have been working closely with the Bureau in many areas.
Njie Baldeh, Secretary General of the Network said all what the Network members need is further collaboration and support from Women’s Bureau.
Pa Modou Faal, an executive member of the Network reminded that the most important thing is to showcase the good work that Women’s Bureau is doing.
Madiba Singhateh, NoGJWCA Social Secretary, who delivered the vote of thanks, expressed with delight the efforts Women’s Bureau is doing in the country.