Gambia: NCCE Outreach Focuses On Women, Youth Participation in Decision-Making

National Council for Civic Education (NCCE) on Tuesday began a 10-day nationwide civil dialogue outreach with local and traditional authorities on women and youth participation in decision-making and peace building at West Coast Region Governor’s office in Brikama.

The theme for the nationwide outreach is ‘advancing women and youth participation in decision making and peace building’.

The nationwide outreach will take the NCCE tour party to communities in the West Coast, Lower River, Central River, Upper River and North Bank regions of The Gambia. It is being funded by UNFPA through its Peace building Fund and National Youth Council.

At the start of the nationwide outreach Alh.Serign Fye, chairman of NCCE said that landmark resolutions reaffirm the critical role of youth and women in conflict prevention, peace building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response, and in post-conflict reconstruction.

He underscored the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of youth and women in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

Despite these, he observed that young people and women are often side-lined and largely seen as passive victims and are left to the backbenchers when it comes to making a decision that affects society.

Faye described the approach as not only short-sighted, but also ignores the diverse and complex roles and experience of young people and women in crisis-affected contexts.

He stated that research suggests that female politicians and leaders tend to place greater emphasis on social issues, saying more recent research shows that countries led by women are “systematically and significantly better” in terms of covid-19 outcomes compared to those led by their male counterparts.