By Ousman A. Marong
Dr. Isatou Toury, Vice President of The Gambia has warned Gambian women to stop helping politicians in their political proxy war.
“We the women are the backbone of this nation and therefore we should do all it takes to make sure we maintain peace and stability in this country,” she advised.
She made the deliberation at Kairaba Beach Hotel, Kololi during the launching of the Women Enterprise Fund (WEP), a €3 million project funded by the European Union (EU).
She said that last year the government of The Gambia had invested D5 million and in early January contributed another D1 million making it a total of D6 million.
“This effort was to support in the funding of the WEF in the country,” she remarked.
She intimated that this will help women in committing themselves towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goals on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (SDGs).
“The €3 million fund will target rural women and the vulnerable living in the country. My ministry’s aims and objective are to help the women enterprise to be upgraded and making live and their living condition better,” she asserted.
She stated that the project was considered and put in the National Development Plan (NDP) budget.
The vice president challenged bankers to do all it takes in making it happen with women enterprise in the country.
She enunciated that there would be nationwide launching of WEF across all the regions in the country.
She cautioned the women folk to be law abiding and to maintain the peace and the stability the country is known for, adding that Gambian women should not see themselves helping politicians on their political proxy wars.
EU representative, Mrs. Federica Moherina underscored EU’s commitment towards supporting the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare.
“The EU is concerned about all the social injustices women are going through,” she noted.
In her part, Fatou Kinteh, Minister for Women Affairs, Children and Social Welfare indicated that women form the majority of the poor in The Gambia, observing that their status continued to hamper the country’s economic development.