Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

Launching of EU and AAITG Project on the Promotion of Children's Rights June 2016

02/06/2016 - 00:00
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Action Aid International The Gambia in partnership with the Child Protection Alliance and FAWEGAM officially launched the project entitled “Empowering Child-focused Organisations to Promote Children’s Rights in 3 regions of The Gambia, LRR, CRR and URR”. The launching ceremony took place in Soma in the Lower River Region on Thursday 9th June 2016. The project worth 400,000€ (approximately D18,000,000) is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and ActionAid.

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The three year project aims to contribute to the promotion of children rights in The Gambia to ensure that their rights and needs are respected and fulfilled in the 3 regions. The targeted regions of LRR, CRR and URR have the highest prevalence rate for child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, low birth registration rates and educational attainment for children well below the national average. It directly targets Children in and out of schools (including children with disabilities), Religious/traditional leaders, Women leaders, School authorities, Parents, members of women’s groups and child protection committees, Area Councillors in 3 regions, Media practitioners, Legal Practitioners, Law Enforcement Agents, Female Circumcisers/Traditional Birth Attendants, Policy Makers and legislators. The key project results are: 

  • CSOs have capacity to advocate, participate and monitor the provision and enforcement of policies and laws for child rights protection. 
  • Children, including girls and the disabled are aware of their rights and how to seek redress 
  • Regional referral, documentation and monitoring mechanisms between key actors to address reported child protection concerns are in place 
  • Policy makers, legislators, law enforcement agents, legal practitioners and women leaders becomes champions and public voices for the protection of child rights 

The Child Protection Alliance (CPA) and the Forum for African Women’s Education Gambia Chapter (FAWEGAM) will implement the project under the overall supervision and management of ActionAid. To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by ActionAid and these institutions for the project’s smooth implementation in providing children with skills, knowledge and confidence to understand their rights, responding to their needs through support to duty bearers and building effective referral and monitoring systems to enshrine rights and protection and thirdly working at institutional level to back up local actions with a legal framework that is respected and appropriate. 

The Governor of the Lower River Region hosted the launching ceremony and the project was officially launched by His Excellency Mr. Attila Lajos, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to The Islamic Republic of The Gambia. Insert quotations from HE Ambassador Attila and Mr. Omar Badjie, Executive Director, ActionAid. 

It is expected that by the end of the project, 111,700 people in the 3 targeted areas (children, their families and community members) would have been reached, increasing their awareness of children’s rights, and their motivation and capacity to respect and protect the children in their communities and combat traditional harmful practices against them.