Working Group awards Women ministry, UN agencies

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Following the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Sub-regional working group on women, youth, peace and security in Dakar, Senegal, the Network has awarded Gambia’s Minister of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Women’s Bureau, UNDP and UNFPA for their support.

The official award ceremony was held at the Ministry of Women Affairs in Banjul and was attended by government officials, civil society organisations, and gender networks

Women affairs minister Fatou Kinteh said her ministry and the entire country appreciate the award, saying it is a proof to indicate the ministry’s contribution to the development of the working group.

She said women and youth have vital role in peace building and they are always vulnerable when conflicts occur. “We are also very aware that women play a very important role in maintaining peace in our communities and homes.”

Neneh Tourary, assistant director of information and communication of women bureau and Coordinator of The Gambia working group thanked the network for the award and thanked UN agencies, particularly UNDP and UNFPA for their support.

She said the working group was established to harmonize and participate in regional and national strategies to support initiatives of actors and fully invest in the monitoring of the status of women and issues related to gender equality in Africa and the Sahel.

Mrs. Tourary said since the establishment of the network, series of activities were conducted, including training on project planning and implementation, effective communication, information, security and research at both regional and national levels.

DA Sawaneh, new chairperson of the National Women Council commended the network for the award, saying it will be a motivation to the awardees to continue the stride.

Emily Sarr from UNDP thanked other UN agencies for supporting women’s issues and peace building, saying peace is one priority of UN agenda. She said in October 2000, UN Resolution 1325 was passed to highlight the participation of women in peace building and conflict prevention.

Author: Njie Baldeh