Training on Violence against Women in Banjul, The Gambia

    Fighting gender-based violence everywhere 🙅

    From 22-24 January 2024, over 25 local elected women from across the African continent met in Banjul to share experiences, policies, actions and learnings on combating violence against women in all its forms.

    Co-organised by the UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion,Participatory Democracy and Human Rights and the Conseil départemental de la Seine-Saint-Denis as part of the international program, ‘Towards Caring Territories for Women Victims of Violence’, the training was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Banjul, Rohey Malick Lowe, and sought to address four key challenges:  

    💍 Forced marriage 

    ❌ Sexual violence in armed conflict

    ✋🏾 Female Genital Mutilation  

    🙅🏾♀️ Sexual violence against girls

    The week included a high level political ceremony where the President of The Gambia emphasised his government’s commitment to gender equality, and to working in partnership across all spheres of government towards equality.

    The training was charged with calls for solidarity for women’s empowerment, driven by many leaders of REFELA, the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa. It concluded with the signing of a powerful political Declaration which emphasises the key role of women elected leaders in ending #VAW, and the efforts of feminist municipalism towards caring territories for all.

    Learn more and access the Banjul Declaration here

    See the pictures here