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"Implementation of Law to Serve Community is Needed" - ED ACDHRS

Dec 23, 2008, 4:29 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh and Yerro Mballow

The executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Madame Forster, has said that a law that protects communities should be formulated, enacted and enforced by Governments in the Sub-region. This law would serve its communities and steer their affairs, particularly women, to enable them to know their statutory rights, economic and social rights, welfare rights, rights to positive cultural context, sustainable development and the protection of the elderly and disabled as well in their decision making and justice.

Madame Forster was speaking recently at a three-day training workshop on the protocol of women's rights in the local language for grassroots communities held at The Gambia College. The training was organised Women's Rights SOAWR. According to Madame Forster, the rights violated against communities women include, Land sharing or inheritance employment opportunities, violence, trafficking and lack of security. She however added that there is a need to formulate strategies.

In conclusion, Madame Forster held that if one should end the injustices that are leveled against women in the communities, one must be able to practice equality and equity in national development. She disclosed that most women are denied in their marriage rights, reproductive rights, social right and so forth. Madame Forster spoke at length, stressing the need for a law that would safeguard every innocent individual in the community. She finally commended all participants for taking part in the training and urged them to disseminate the information and knowledge gained from the workshop. Other speakers at the occasion included, Mrs. Sainabou Faal the Deputy Governor of Region Two. The Lady Councilor for Kombo North, Mrs. Kumba Barry, chaired the occasion while Mrs. Camara, a participant, delivered the vote of thanks.