Action Aid International The Gambia (AAITG) on Friday donated a vehicle each to the National Women Farmers Association (NAWFA) and the Female Lawyers Association of The Gambia (FLAG), according to a press release sent to this paper.
The release stated that NAWFA and FLAG are both partners of Action Aid under the project, "Promoting women's socio-economic rights in Niamina East, Niamina West and Niamina Dankunku Districts" being funded by the European Union. The two vehicles (double cabin pick-ups), it noted, will help ease mobility problems in the implementation of project activities. The keys to the vehicle, the release added, were handed over by the visiting international director for Country Coordination, Cardinal Uwishaka and Inez Hariedy, the EU Political Information officer from the European Union office in The Gambia.
"At the handing over ceremony, the executive director of Action Aid, Omar Badjie highlighted the importance of the project to empower women in the Central River and North Bank Regions and to lift them out of poverty. The need for implementing partners like NAWFA and FLAG to have their own vehicles cannot therefore be over-emphasised. For most of the time, the partners come to Action Aid for a vehicle to visit project sites. We hope that the vehicles being presented today will help ease their transport constraints," the release indicated.
It added: "In response, the executive director of NAWFA, Njaga Jawo stated that the project has helped to strengthen the longstanding relationship between NAWFA and Action Aid. He expressed his gratitude to Action Aid and the European Union, noting that providing a vehicle is as crucial as providing other resources for the project."
The FLAG's President, Neneh Cham, according to the release, expressed her delight at the provision of what she described as the first vehicle that FLAG will ever own. "We need the legs to get to project sites and this vehicle will help ease our transport problems in implementing the project," the release quoted her. It added that Pansaw Nyassi, the Project coordinator, chaired the ceremony. About the project
The Promoting Women's socio-economic rights project will run for three years. It aims to contribute to gender equity in The Gambia by promoting women's access to socio-economic rights and economic empowerment in the Niamina West, East and Niamina Dankunku districts in the Central River Region. It directly targets rural women, traditional and national leaders, media houses, civil society organisations, micro-finance institutions, relevant government ministries and departments.