By Tabora Bojang
Forum of African Women Educationists Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM) a Non-Governmental Organization working to support girls and young women’s education, will hold its annual FAWE WEEK from May 5th to 11 with sequences of weeklong activities geared towards bringing the organisations activities to the limelight.
The FAWE Week, according to the officials is design to bring visibility and raise awareness on the work activities and series of interventions taken by the organisation and its impact on girls’ education in the Gambia.
Speaking ahead of the event, the National Coordinator FAWEGAM, Mrs. Yadicon Njie, said the event also coincides with the organisation’s general assembly to elect its new executive.
She said there would be an award dinner on Saturday May 5 meant to honour personalities that have supported and worked with FaweGam in furthering its commitments to empower girls and women’s education and to help raising funds for the construction of FaweGam secretariat.
There will be a march-past from West Field to the regional office followed by women and girl conference to bring women together to discuss issues that affect them in education and other social issues.
Senior programme Coordinator Saffiatou Savage said the forum develops programmes on public advocacy and influences policies with partners to support and empower the girls and women.
She said the FAWE WEEK will bring together women groups, girls and stakeholders in education to raise awareness on their activities while urging the public to come out and support the organisation’s drive on girls and women empowerment.
FAWEGAM Mother’s Club day will mark the end of activities of the FAWE WEEK on Friday 11. The mothers clubs are trained amongst others to become advocates in education to influence policies on girls, gender equity and women’s rights. They mentor the girls, support and complement the guidance and counseling units in schools.
Founded in the early nineties, the pan-African non-governmental organisation, is unswerving to ensure that gender disparity in education is significantly reduced to allow more girls have access to schooling, retention and perform well at all levels