Jul 4, 2016, 10:58 AM
Female Lawyers Association of The Gambia (FLAG) recently organised a day seminar for National Assembly members, on the draft domestic violence and sexual offense bill, at the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi.
Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Abdoulie Bojang, Speaker of the National Assembly, said the House had a good working relationship with lawyers and emphasised the continuity of the relationship.
In his address to the gathering, Nenneh Chan Chongan, president of FLAG, pointed out that FLAG is an association of female members of the legal profession in The Gambia aimed at contributing to the development and realization of the rights of the woman and child in The Gambia.
The association is non-partisan, non-governmental and non-profit making, he said, adding that one of their main objectives is to lobby for gender equality in The Gambia through legislative reform, public education and advocacy.
They also intend to procure changes to the laws of The Gambia for the protection and well being of women and children.
Fanta Jatta Sowe, representative of Action Aid The Gambia, says the National Assembly is a very important organ of government, noting that they should be conversant with any document they are dealing with.
“Protecting women is protecting ourselves,” she says, adding that there can be no meaningful development without the full participation of the women.