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Soroptimist International holds annual gala dinner

May 4, 2010, 2:43 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

Soroptimist International of Banjul, a worldwide organisation for women in management and other professions, last Friday held its annual gala dinner, coinciding with the organisation's 23rd anniversary, at a colourful ceremony presided over by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Elizabeth Renner.

Held at the Jerma Beach Hotel, the ceremony brought together dignitaries and private corporate institutions.

A global voice of women through awareness, advocacy and action, Soroptimist International, among others, seeks for the advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards, human rights for all, equality, development and peace.

Speaking at the gala dinner, the President of the Soroptimist International Mrs. Rosanna Ndow-Jallow, said Soroptimist International provides a platform for successful Gambian women to reach out to the less privileged sisters.

She stated that they had accomplished this through a variety of ways, including working within the areas of health, education, environment, human rights, economic and social development of women and girls and international goodwill and understanding.

For her part, the Chief Guest of Honour at the occasion, Hon. Elizabeth Y. Renner, the Speaker of the National Assembly congratulated Soroptimist for their hard work, dedication and friendship over the years, noting that she was aware of their significant contributions to the development of women.

According to Speaker Renner, the gala dinner is organised to raise funds for the implementation of Soroptimist International of Banjul projects, and provide opportunities for the organisation to network with organisations and individuals interested in the empowerment of girls and women.

She hailed them for their support to sixteen villages in the Kombo, namely Marakissa, Kabakel, Kitty, Bakary Sambouya, among others.

Speaker Renner noted that the government cannot do it alone, and noted that the realisation of Vision 2020 calls for the participation of every Gambian at all levels.

Speaking earlier on behalf of the Mayor of KMC, the Deputy Mayor of Kanifing Municipality, Yusupha Sanyang said Soroptimist "is committed to a world where women and girls come together to achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have equal voice in creating strong, peaceful and global networking of members."

Deputy Mayor Sanyang, however, noted that Soroptimist inspires action and creates opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls by advocating for equity and equality; creating safe and healthy environment, increasing access to education, developing leadership and practical skills for a sustainable future.

He assured members of Soroptimist International of Banjul of his council’s continuous support at all time.

Other speakers at the gala dinner included Ms. Beatrice A. Prom, the Chairperson of Soroptimist International of Banjul, who appealed to KMC to provide them with a vehicle to ease mobility.