Gambia: 'Gambian women played key role in forcing Jammeh out of office' - President Barrow

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has said despite being perceived as powerful and the "personality cult" built around the former President Yahya Jammeh, he was forced out of office because "the people came together and the women took a strong stand during the process."

According to an official statement, made available to PANA on Friday, President Barrow made the assertion when a delegation of Gambian women paid him a courtesy call Thursday to pledge their support for the new Gambian government.    

Led by the executive director of the Women’s Bureau, Mrs. Binta Jammeh–Sidibeh, the delegation had urged President Barrow to promote the economic empowerment of Gambian women.

President Barrow acknowledged the concerns of the Women’s organization, saying that Gambian women should exercise some patient as he is working to promote women empowerment.

He said that it was in recognition of the critical role women play in governance and society in general and the importance of gender representation that led him in appointing strong women’s rights activists into his government.

He told the women that his government inherited a bad economy and promised to bring down commodity prices.

Leader of delegation, Mrs. Jammeh–Sidibeh commended President Barrow for including women in his cabinet and in the National Assembly, saying that the organization appreciated the support President Barrow had accorded members.

The President of the Gambia Women’s Federation, Fatoumata Jah, told President Barrow that the Federation had 5,000 members countrywide. She added that they had embarked on the building of a women’s market with capacity for 600 shops.

Sources say that the Federation, reported to be non-partisan, promotes women’s economic activities and light industries that will add value to local products.
-0- PANA MSS/VAO 5May2017


05 may 2017 12:53:27

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