MAI BREAKS SILENCE

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Exactly a month today of his sacking, The Gambia’s former Interior minister has broken his silence by granting an exclusive interview to The Standard. In a marathon interview...

45 Gambians Deported

By Omar Wally The Fatu Network has been reliably informed that forty five Gambians have been deported from United States of America. The deportees include men and women...

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARROW ON THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL APPOINTMENT OF MR. ALKALI CONTEH

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Mr. President, First, Allow me to extend my unreserved congratulations to you and the entire Gambian population on the first anniversary of your election  Victory, which I will...

Mali Violence A Lesson for Gambia – Ex-Minister

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By Lamin Njie Former Minister of the Interior Mai Ahmad Fatty has said that violence in Mali and elsewhere “is valuable lesson for The Gambia to urgently, fully...

Samsudeen Sarr got it all wrong

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The Gambian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Retired Colonel Samsudeen Sarr got it all wrong when he expressed support for President Jammeh’s attempt to annul...

Curb the Lawlessness…

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In a democracy, we talk of the rule of law. This means that everyone should - or should be made to - respect the law and abide...

Let’s Stop Lambasting Our Women As Per Their Active Participation in Politics!

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I feel very staggered, flabbergasted, bowled over, perturbed and provoked beyond all human endurance, when men use the key board to lambaste and attack our own women as far beyond the red sea.     At home they are to do all sorts of household work like cooking, washing, cleaning, harvesting , etc. In the early days women were seen as wives who were intended to cook, clean, and take care of the kids. They were not allowed to vote while men took care of having jobs and paying any bills that had to be paid. Soon enough it caught on that women should have a bigger role than what other people thought they should have.  ​ Gender equality is, first and foremost, a human right. A woman is entitled to live in dignity and in freedom from want and from fear. Empowering women is also a vital tool for advancing development and reducing poverty. Empowered women contribute to the health and productivity of whole families and communities and to improve prospects for the next generation.  ​ Today women are playing important role in all spheres of life. They are no longer confined within the four walls of their parents’ or husbands’ house.    They have come out of the kitchens and are working hand in hand with men in all the development programs of the government. By receiving higher education they are becoming pilots, doctors, engineers, hospitality professionals, teachers, administrators , etc. They have been able to prove their worth.    They not only do their household work but also work outside of their houses. They are contributing much to the economy of the country.  ​ I discovered my life was 87% positively impacted by women! My full-time parent I learnt most from (Mom), my teachers right from kindergarten to university (8/10 have been female), all my advocacy  Campaigns were 64% women dominated!     Therefore, we need to amplify women’s voices out there, no matter how small their contribution is to society. The teachers, mothers, cooks, civil servants, employees, employers, leaders and more! Regardless of whom they are married to, background, looks and more! Women are the most vital part of our society and are to be celebrated. Every day, I choose to celebrate the women in my life, past and time to come.    When they’re in parliament, for example, they promote women’s rights legislation. When women are in sufficient numbers in parliaments they also promote children’s rights and they tend to speak up more for the interests of communities, local communities, because of their close involvement in community life,    The evidence shows that female leaders typically have more compassion and empathy, and a more open and inclusive negotiation style. This is not, of course, necessarily true of all women -- there are many different leadership styles. That said, modern ideas of transformative leadership are more in line with qualities women generally share: empathy, inclusiveness and an open negotiation style.    Today's global problems require leaders that have diverse skill sets and innovation that can only come from diverse ideas and players. Women bring the skills, different perspectives and structural and cultural difference to drive effective solutions. In short, female leaders change the way global solutions are forged.    But having more female leaders from politics to the boardroom is important for another reason, too. Simply having female leaders change the norms about who can lead and what qualities are necessary in leadership. Having women in leadership roles is breaking down cultural and structural barriers improving leadership around the world and showing everyone what women can achieve.    Women face several obstacles to participating in political life. Structural barriers through discriminatory laws and institutions still limit women’s options to run for office. Capacity gaps mean women are less likely than men to have the education, contacts and resources needed to become an  Effective leaders.   Now it has come to the realization that true development of the country is not possible keeping half of population idle at home. So it needs no telling that women are playing a great role in the socioeconomic condition of our country.    Therefore we have to give the women the room to showcase their talent beyond any imagination. It is the only way we can make The Gambia great once more again.    By: Saidina Alieu Jarjou  Blogger/Activist/Watchdog.    

Expose and Reject Tribalists and Tribal Politics

  By Madi Jobarteh   Tribalism is an act and a perception in which life is subjectively interpreted in terms of a particular tribe, for or against. A tribalist does...

HELLO MR PRESIDENT…

  For Progress.... For the progress of our nation we need to make some hard decisions which may not be very popular in the short-term; but will yield...

What is the Position of The Gambia Bar Association on the TRRC Act, 2017...

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Dr. Omar Janneh (PhD) Close scrutiny of the TRRC Act, 2017 highlights many problems with it: Excessive Executive involvement(TRRC Act; section 5(1-3); 10(1-3); 12; 22(2)(6). Besides, the Act...

Why Do Africans Go to the West? Answer: DEMOCRACY!

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  By Madi Jobarteh   Western Europe and the United States share a terrible history with Africa. History has shown that slavery and colonialism were the imagination and invention of...

The Security Situation Needs Attention…

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The current security situation in the country needs urgent attention. There have been a series of incidents which have portrayed your government as one lacking either the...

The PPP 2018 Congress: when will the dust settle on the once dominant party...

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Dr. Omar Janneh   After some 19 years of hiatus, the National Executive of the PPPconvened its first congress on December 28 to 30, 2018. On 30thDecember 2018, the...

Beware of ‘Tongue in Cheek’ Political Statements

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Alagi Yorro Jallow Adama Barrow is Gambia’s President today. He did not meet a perfect country when he took over, but his job is to make it less...

‘A Date with Destiny’ by Demba Ali Jawo

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Book Review  Launching Ceremony Saturday 23 March 2019, Paradise Suites Hotel, Kololi By: Madi Jobarteh   Salutations   It is said that a person, in writing about himself or herself, writes about his...

GOOD MORNING PRESIDENT BARROW

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  Many moons ago, Gambians would give their all just to see Jammeh hit the exit point. Then they decided. And Yaya left. A new dawn set in....

On three years versus five years: Coalition’s ruination, Gambia’s quandary

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Gambians are unequivocally divided on the contentious issue of whether President Barrow should honor the three-year coalition agreement or serve the full five-year constitutional mandate. What is...

‘Gambia Gov’t is not Owning Up To Their Responsibility’

By Arfang M.S. Camara The chairman of Gambia Center for Victims of Human Rights Violations (GCVHRV), Sheriff Kijera, has said that the government of the Gambia is not...

The Gambia: Overdue opposition unity puts Gambians on the path to freedom; amidst National...

No one saw it coming. It hit the airwaves like a thunderbolt. Its effects, apart from euphoric, are giving Gambians back their long lost sense of hope....

Former National Assembly Member Charged

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The former National Assembly Member (NAM) for Banjul Central, Abdoulie Saine was Monday, September 10, charged before Magistrate C. W Davies of the Banjul Magistrates Court. The former...