Dec 28, 2015, 10:49 AM
Njie-Sarr, head of Civil Society Gender Platform on Transitional Justice has
asked government and other concerned organisation to ensure that measures are
put in place to address violence against men and women in The Gambia
She said the government should enhance full prosecution of cases on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and institute child protection community structures to empower communities to deal with harmful traditional practices meted to women and children.
Mrs Njie-Sarr also urged the government to utilize youth centers with more information to make them more youth friendly, engage the opinions of local structures and religious leaders to create more awareness on SGBV. “They should also engage National Assembly Members to scrutinize budgetary allocation to women and children and formulate measures on how to regulate and protect children selling in the streets.
She also observed that security should be empowered and equip with materials for self-defense and communication, adding that transport unions must also be engaged to introduce proper transport service.
The gender activist further urged the Basic and Secondary Education minister to include sexual and gender based violence education in school curriculum.
“The government should also enhance mechanisms of reporting and sharing information to the public which can assist in raising public awareness and encourage dialogue on child labor. It could also help in protecting children against ill vices such as rape and kidnapping,” she said.
Didier Gbery, head of program at International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), said they are committed to give technical support to improved women security in the country, by working with other local women to expand the channel.
Yadicon Njie Eribo, TRRC women’s affairs unit coordination said both men and women experience gender base violence and it can happen in different forms, urging people not to remain mute about gender based violence, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Civil Society Gender Platform on Transitional Justice was formed in 2017 with the support of UNDP and ICTJ, during the transitional period in The Gambia.