Women's Bantabaa aspiration is always to tell a story that has never been told and bring a story to public that are always waving the flag of freedom yet standby silently with the concerning situation of the people, their narratives, their perspectives, their understanding of the world around them, without feeling that they are constantly defending their religious and cultural identity.
The Solidarity for African Women’s
Rights (SOAWR)in partnership with IPAS
Africa Alliance– an organization protecting women’s health and advancing women’s reproductive rights in collaboration
with Equal Now African region organized a two day workshop on unsafe abortion
at the Hilton hotel in Nairobi, Kenya from the 7th - 8th
May 2013.The workshop brought together
about thirty civil society organizations from the African continent. The Gambia
Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), one of SOAWR’s members was in
attendance and was represented by Senior Programme Coordinator, Mary Small.
The purpose of the workshop was to
sensitise participants on the upsurge of consequences of unsafe abortion and
its effects on the health and lives of African women.According to the 2010 estimates on maternal mortality and morbidity, the
sub-Saharan African and South Asia contributed 86% of deaths; vast
majority of which are due to preventable causes that need minimal cost to
address. In Africa alone “25% of all unsafe abortions in Africa, are
among adolescents aged 15 to 19 and about 60% among young women under 25 years”
(Women’s health, WHO-2009).
also empowered participants to advocate for women to access safe
abortion (according to the Law of the country) particularly within the context
of the AU Protocol on Women and other women’s instruments agreed upon by
The meeting noted that reducing the
burden of maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion and realizing women’s rights
to reproductive health is within reach in the African region and this has been
addressed in regional treaties and agreements including the African Protocol on
Women and the Maputo Plan of Action on Sexual and Reproductive Health and
Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has charged
the Ghana Police Service to act swiftly to arrest and prosecute bodyguards for
locking up four Ghanaian journalists in a church.
believed to be bodyguards of Prophet T.B Joshua, Founder and Overseer of the
Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), on May 7, 2013 detained four
journalists belonging to Accra-based media organisations for several hours, a
statement from MFWA stated.
journalists were locked up in a room at the church premises located at the
Spintex Road, a suburb of Accra, the capital according to the statement. It
took the intervention of a police officer identified as Supt. Alex Kumankani,
before the journalists were released.
Hearing will begin in
the trial of ex-embattled director general of National Drug Enforcement Agency
NDEA together with three top officials come May 13, 2013.
ex-NDEA PRO Abdoulie Ceesay, Foday Barry, former director of Intelligence and
Investigations at Holgam of the NDEA and Commissioner Yusupha Jatta, former
head of the NDEA in the West Coast Region are on trial in Banjul at the High
It’s barely 72 hours,
when Benedict and his co-accused denied 45 counts of economic crime, false
publication, false information, abuse of office, and fabricating evidence.
When the case resume
yesterday, May 2, all the accuse pleaded not guilty on the remaining 45 counts,
making it 90 counts.
As the world celebrates world press freedom day
today May 3, there are lot of journalist in Africa who are behind bars and
others killed for carrying their responsibilities’ to the public.
At least 41 African journalists will spend World
Press Freedom Day imprisoned in direct reprisal for their work, according to a
letter sent to the African Union on the celebration of world press freedom day.
“.It is particularly disturbing that Ethiopia and
the Gambia, which host offices of the African Union, are among the nations
holding journalists in jail” it stated.
The former director
general and public relation officer of National Drug Enforcement Agency has
denied charges of economic crimes, false information among others.
But accused persons
only pleaded not guilty on 45 counts out of the 90 counts because the defense
counsels request for an adjournment to attend other matters.
alongside ex-NDEA PRO Abdoulie Ceesay, Foday Barry, former director of
Intelligence and Investigations at Holgam of the NDEA and Commissioner Yusupha
Jatta, former head of the NDEA in the West Coast Region are facing 90 counts of
economic crime, false publication, false information, abuse of office, and
fabricating evidence at the High Court in Banjul.
The accused persons
are alleged to have, extracted from the monies recovered from the 38, 500 Euros
and the local currency amounting to D6, 000. They accuse persons are also
accuse of organising a party for their operatives, which monies should have
been tendered as exhibits to the court.
The National Assembly of The Gambia on April 16, 2013, amended sections of the country’s Criminal Code to empower the Courts to mete out stiffer punishments to persons found guilty of giving false information to public officials.
The new law which is an amendment to Section 114 of the country’s Criminal Code, empowers the Courts to impose a jail term of five years or a fine of Fifty Thousand Dalasis (about USD1,650) for a misdemeanour that previously attracted a jail term of not more than six months or Five Hundred Dalasis (about USD17).
According to the MFWA sources, apart from the stiffer punishments, the new law also classifies the President, Vice President, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and members of the National Assembly as public officers.
The latest classification approved by the National Assembly is, however, inconsistent with Section 166 (4) of the country’s Constitution which does not recognise these officials as public officers.
The minority members in parliament opposed the new law describing it as draconian, controversial and inconsistent with the Constitution, the sources said.