Gambia: Gambian president urged to consider gender sensitivity in governance

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Mrs. Hannah Foster, has called on Gambian president Adama Barrow to consider more gender sensitivity in governance.

Mrs. Foster made the call when she led a delegation of women and youth from 11 West African countries to call on President Adama Barrow at State House on Monday.

According to a statement made available to PANA on Tuesday members of the Working Group on Women, Youth and Peace Building in West Africa came from Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Chad, Benin, Burkina, Togo and The Gambia.  The West Africa Group is funded by United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) through ECOWAS.

Mrs. Foster advocated the implementation of a quota system, building of the capacity of women in decision making to defend their rights as well as learning lessons from past experiences, the release said.
President Barrow said that Gambians had benefited from ECOWAS and noted that without its solid stand it would have been difficult to maintain the peace.

He said that his government would respect the principles of democracy.  

“Even though gender issues are sensitive, as far as I remain leader of the Coalition government I will continue to remain committed to the concerns. We are here for reform and gender will be part of that. There cannot be peace without justice,” he said.

The Gambian leader further asserted that when the playing field was level, it created opportunity for all.

He also pointed out that female representation in his government signified the commitment to fight for gender justice and declared that with commitment, the Gambia could achieve results by putting structures in place.  

Speaking on behalf of the Working Group on Women, Youth and Peace Building in West Africa Ms. Ruth Caesars, who is also a representative of the Mano River Union, congratulated President Barrow for the peaceful transition and his commitment to strengthen the women of the Gambia.

She said the peace mission was in Banjul to express solidarity with Gambian women as well as strengthen their network.
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11 april 2017 11:10:59

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