By Olimatou Coker
Network Against Gender Based Violence, in partnership with ActionAid International-The Gambia Tuesday closed a training designed for members on human rights basic approach and advocacy.
The four-day training was organised at the NaNa conference hall in Kanifing south.
Haddy Mboge Barrow, the national coordinator of NGBV, said: “Today we are here to conduct training on human rights basic approach and advocacy. This is at the centre of our work as network members.”
She described the training as vital for their member networks to have the required capacity.
“I believe that if we have the required capacity within the network of member organisations automatically the network will be full of strength and that is why this training is being conducted under the renewal project which is also another two year project at the tune of 347000 euro. We have started implementing it in March.
Fanta Jatta Sowe, women’s rights programme specialist of AAITG, said: “I really want to recommend NGBV and the secretariat for working hard and making sure that every recommendation is implemented to the letter.”
She said the training could not have come at a better time.
“Now that Gambia is a democratic country, we the civil society need to understand the expectations, we need to know our responsibilities so that when we make claims, we make responsible claims and when we make demands we know why and where we are going to make those demands.”
Falu Sowe, programme manager NGBV, said the training was also designed to build the capacity of civil society organisation’s as well as government stakeholders to ensure that they advocate rights of the people especially the vulnerable, women and children of the country.