GAMBIA: Women's Activist Named Gambian Of The Year

A women’s activist, Dr. Is atou Touray, has been named Gambian of the Year 2008 by a Gambian magazine, the third woman to win the award after Mrs Isatou Njie Saidy, the Gambian vice president and Mrs. Harriet Ndow, an educationist.

This was contained in a letter on Monday to Dr. Touray, Executive Director of the Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP).

Mr. Swaebou Conateh of the Gambia Communication Agency and Baroueli Enterprise, publishers of The News and Report weekly, stated that she was selected because of the way she had courageously pursued gender equality.

Dr Touray had also stood against harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women in the socio-cultural context that still distanced itself from any serious public discussions of such well rooted sensitive taboos and traditional practices.

The release said she had resolutely taken the lead with remarkable success in her campaign “Drop the Knife” against female circumcision in 40 communities and groups in The Gambia which had saved the girl-child from the ill-effects of female genital mutilation .

The release pointed out that she persuaded Gambian religious leaders and convinced community elders, women’s groups and women circumcisers themselves to join and support the “Drop the Knife” campaign.

The Gambia News and Report magazine made President Yahya Jammeh Gambian of the Year 2007.

SOURCE: Afrique en ligne

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DATE: 07/01/2009

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