Oct 27, 2008, 6:00 AM
The power imbalance and inequality between men and women that have long been in existence needs to be halted.
Women should be given equal opportunity like their male counterparts in peace-keeping operations and negotiations, to ensure sustainable and lasting peace in the sub-region.
We are of the view that the importance of equipping women with the necessary skills and knowledge, to be effectively involved in peace-building and conflict resolution exercises cannot be over-emphasised.
Looking at the strategic location of The Gambia and the crucial role women play in promoting peace, we believe that women should be empowered to actively participate in peace-building operations.
For there to be sustainable peace and stability, there is a dire need to involve women in conflict resolutions and peace-building initiatives.
The leadership skills shown by Gambian women even at the family level had led to positive change of attitudes in society.
Women in the sub-region play a very important role in peace-building processes in countries like Liberia, DR Congo, Malawi, etc.
We, therefore, urge the concerned authorities to consider putting more women in their peacekeeping contingents and peace operations, as they can equally make a difference, if given the chance to do so.