Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UN Women Trust Fund Coordinator Meets Gambian Women Activists

The United Nations Women Trust Fund and EVAW Campaign Coordinator told women activists in The Gambia that the possibility of meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 cannot be attained as long as violence and discrimination against women continues.
Marie Pierre Raky Chaupin made this statement during a meeting with women activists at the GAMCOTRAP office in Kanifing on Tuesday.
“The Millennium Development Goals, which advocates for the promotion of gender equality and Empowerment of women; reduction of child mortality and improvement of maternal health cannot be attained if women are not empowered, ”  she said
Raky, who applauded the efforts of Gambian women activists in advocating for women’s rights said, the UN Women Trust Fund will support in allocating more funds for women’s advancement.
 The UN Women Trust Fund is currently funding GAMCOTRAP’s second phase of the project that is aimed at sensitising the people of Kombo North, in the acceleration of the abandonment of FGM in The Gambia. 
“I am really impressed with the work of  GAMCOTRAP after attending one of the training today, she said.
Raky said, campaigning against FGM is difficult, but once the religious and traditional leaders are informed, it becomes easier for  enactment of laws to follow.
Anta Faal, Regional Program Officer, Save the Children, based in Dakar said, they too lobby funds from governments and NGOs to enable them re-instate other projects.
 Other women leaders including Binta Sidibeh, executive director AGWA, WISDOM, African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies among others outline their mission in the struggle for women’s rights and advancement.

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