#National News

Beakanyang briefs media ahead of IHRD, HRD awards

Nov 25, 2020, 12:37 PM | Article By: Jarra Cham

Beakanyang, one of the leading human rights organizations in The Gambia yesterday briefed the media ahead of its annual national human rights hero’s award.

Bekanyang’s national human rights award was initiated last year to recognize and honour the outstanding work of human right advocates. Last year, five media houses were awarded in the human rights media friendly category, while other awards such as human rights hero and the human right champion of the year 2019 was awarded to various individuals.

Nfamara Jawneh, the executive director of Beakanyang, said the award forms part of activities marking international human rights day.

The award, he added, is meant to honour and recognize the important work of human right advocates and defenders in The Gambia.

“The objective of these awards is to honour the extraordinary work of Human Rights Defenders and in the promotion and protection of human rights as well as to recognize and appreciate the human rights work of young advocates while inspiring other youths,” he said.

He said this year the award would be presented in two categories: the human rights hero of the year and the young human right defender of the year award.

“The winner in each category will receive a cash award, a plaque with the HRD’s name on it.”

 The winners would be invited as guests at the human rights defender award ceremony 2020. However, this year, both the commemoration and award would be held in Basse, URR on December 10th, 2020.

Madi Jobarteh, a human rights hero described the Bekanyang human right award as the most prestigious awards in the country.

Jobarteh, who is also the chairperson of the award committee acknowledged that the award is credible and would not be given ‘to just anyone.’

He indicated that standard criteria are yet to be set for the award, stating that the protection of rights starts from the awareness of such rights.

 “Human right is about everything and everything is about human rights.”

To this end, Beakanyang called on Gambians to nominate worthy Gambian human right advocates for this award.

Read Other Articles In National News
Grassroots Association embarks on renovation works at Kafuta Health Centre
Jun 18, 2020, 12:26 PM

The Association for the Support of Grassroots Communities, a local NGO in Kafuta last Saturday embarked on a massive renovation work at Kafuta Health Centre in Kombo East.

support of Grassroots communities
AGSC distributes face masks in Kafuta
Aug 20, 2020, 11:32 AM

Association for the Support of Grassroots Communities, a local charity based in Kafuta on Sunday distributed more than 500 facemasks to women, elders and children as part of a broader move to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Stakeholders validate competency
Stakeholders validate competency framework document for TVET trainers
Apr 25, 2022, 11:09 AM

The National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) and stakeholders in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) on Wednesday validated the competency framework document for TVET trainers at a ceremony held at NAQAA conference hall. The validation was funded by UNESCO- KOICA.

MRCG, BDH launch 2-year COVID-19 project
Dec 4, 2020, 11:47 AM

Medical Research Council- The Gambia (MRCG) and the Brikama District Hospital (BDH) recently launched a two-year project that seeks to prevent and treat COVID-19 associated severe pneumonia.