Mar 18, 2010, 1:19 PM
The goal of this event was to stimulate a national discussion on gender based violence and to instigate positive actions towards ending violence against women.
Around the world according to the United Nations, at least one out of three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In her speech, the executive secretary of PHIN Mam Kumba Ndow Ceesay said "We need to make a difference; we need to make a decision to put our palms and hands down, like I always say, step into the shoes of these abused women; just for a moment, feel their hurt, their fears, their emotions, their bruises and wounds and insecurity. Then tell the next person how you feel."
Mr. Momodou Nyang, the Deputy Permanent Secretary office of the Vice President, said that it was their hope and earnest desire that the results of PHIN deliberations at the national symposium on that issue would translate into proper and effective management and subsequent eradication on that onslaught on the feminine gender and the whole community.