The West Coast Region’s Programme Officer for the Women’s Bureau has underscored that the appointment of women in key political positions in any country enhances sustainable development which helps in breaking the gender inequality that exist between men and women.
Bintou Fatty-Joof made these remarks on behalf of the Executive Director of the Women’s Bureau during the official opening of a one-day seminar on women and youth participation in politics for women and youths in the Region.
The event was organised by the National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of the Election Project for The Gambia 2016-2018 Electoral Cycle. It was held over the weekend at the Child Fund Lodge in Bwiam, Foni Kansala District, West Coast Region.
She saluted the Government of The Gambia for empowering women by nominating more women into political positions, noting that women’s leadership in corporate sectors of the economy results in improved performance, equitable laws and social programmes and budgets that benefit women, children and families.
Kaddy Sanneh, Vice Chairperson, WCR Youth Committee, who deputised the Executive Director of the National Youth Council, Lamin Darboe, said: “Young people should see participation in politics as their right to self and national development.”
She urged youths not to see politics as something for the elderly, stressing that participating in politics means preparing their future. She challenged young people in the country to register and vote during elections as it is their civic right, while urging them to change their attitude as the country belongs to all of us and can only be developed by all of us.
by Lamin B. Darboe