Nov 7, 2008, 4:40 AM
3rd Edition of the Gambia Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) 2019 was officially
launched at the Paradise Suite Hotel in Kololi last week, on the Theme: Power
The occasion has also witnessed the launching of the She Trades Gender Champions and the unveilings of the Gender Champions led by the ministers of basic and secondary education and women, children and social welfare.
Ramatoulie Barry, chief executive officer of Bridging Gaps Advisory said the advancement of women in all areas of national development needs the equal participation of all national sectors, including male counterparts, adding that despite some progresses made in advancing women participation towards the country’s socio-economic advancement, some challenges still need to be addressed.
“The participation of women in national development cannot be over emphasized. So, it is important as a country to realize the vital contribution women add to the socio-economic advancement of our nation.”
Minister of women, children and social welfare, Fatou Sanyang unveiling the Gender Champions and officially launching the She Trades Gender Champions said the participation of women in the socio-economic sectors of the country should be embraced by different development institutions in the country, saying that will help in the realization of womens’ meaningful contribution to nation building.
She said She Trades Gender Champions and the women leadership Gender Forum both serve as platforms to discuss and address the existing challenges women are facing not only in the business sector but also social difficulties such as early marriage and domestic gender hardships.
“The She Trades Gender Champions and Women’s Leadership Gender forum platform stand as opportunity for women to discuss and fine possible ways of challenges on their ways. So, it is important that we continue having such platforms to discuss and fine means of addressing problems relating to our progress,” she said
In her keynote address and official opening of the Women Leadership Forum 2019, Basic and Secondary Education Minister, Claudiana Cole said national statistics show tremendous role achieved by women towards development its small sector economy, stating that the participation of women in all areas of economic, social and political realization of a country cannot be achieve without the support of Government and other development partners.
She said Government of The Gambia places great importance in the development of women, citing the creation of women, children and social welfare ministry, saying that is mainly instituted to promote the welfare of women and children in the country.
“The Government of the Gambia has attached importance towards the progress of women and this of course is being indicated by the creation of a new ministry responsible for women and children welfare. We are going to continue putting great concern on women as a government so that the development pace of the economy will be fully realize,” she said.