By Olimatou Coker
Network against Gender Based Violence (NGBV) organised a day-long training on reflection and learning of common and key advocacy practices for its members.
The meeting was part of a project NGBV is implementing, and is being funded by Amplify Change in partnership with the Child Protection Alliance, CPA, according to Fanta Jatta Sowe, women’s rights programme manager for ActionAid International The Gambia.
“This meeting aims at bringing the members together as stakeholders in the fight against Gender Based Violence and share skills, knowledge and experiences,” she said.
Ms Sowe said the meeting also availed them the opportunity to look at options that can help alleviate challenges underpinning women.
She said: “Our development process has always been retarding because we can never have development when half of the society is left behind.”
Fallu Sowe, acting national coordinator of NGBV, said: “I hope that the meeting will be a very fruitful meeting in which we will discuss on the challenges in our advocacy in the work that we are doing to protect our girls, women and children and the people at large.”
George Nyouki, monitoring and evaluation officer of the CPA, warned that the time to clamp down on gender based violence is ‘now or never’.
“Gender Base Violence is becoming an issue in society, so it is our collective responsibility [to work to eradicate it],” he said.