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40 security officers sensitised on protecting women, children

Jan 12, 2010, 2:33 PM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

The Child Welfare Unit at the police with support from the ACDHRS through GAT's project recently held a two-day training workshop on interviewing and investigation techniques to combat violence against women and children, at the NANA Conference Hall, Kanifing.

The training, which is being organised to respond to the growing challenges in violence against women and children in the country, aims to enhance the capacity of frontline protectors of civilians, particularly women and children.

Deputising for the Minister of Interior Ousman Sonko, Commissioner Yaya Fadera told the participants that the two-day training workshop on violence against women and children is very effective. He said violence against women and children is a common problem in society and that a stop must be put to the practice. Noting that violence against women and children is both immoral and criminal act, he said security officers are most suitable in handling it.

 He commended the participants on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Ousman Sonko and the Africa Centre for Democracy Human Right Studies (ACDHRS) through the Gambia Police Force's Child Welfare Unit. He said the government of The Gambia is committed to the fight against gender-based violence on women and children.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Director of Africa Centre For Democracy Human Right Studies, Mrs. Hanna Foster said the two-day workshop has been very participatory for both the participants and the instructors.

She added that her office is open to all stakeholders in terms of partnership in ensuring that women and children are protected in all measures.

Other speakers included ASP Yumumdu Jange-Joof, who expressed similar sentiment and Cadet ASP Jabang, who stood in for the Inspector General of Police.