Delegation of the European Union to The Gambia

8 March 2018 Press Release: How the European Union supports women in The Gambia

The Gambia, 13/03/2018 - 17:37, UNIQUE ID: 180313_14
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International Women's Day is a chance to remind ourselves that sixty one years ago, equality between women and men was embedded in the Rome Treaty as one of the European Union's (EU) fundamental values. Today, the EU remains committed to gender equality and to breaking the vicious cycle of gender discrimination. This has been translated into the EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020 which is an ambitious political commitment that places gender at the heart of what EU does and, most importantly, it holds us to account on its delivery. In 2017 the EU in The Gambia launched a 1 million EURO 'call for proposals' to support civil society organisations promoting women's empowerment and the participation of women in inclusive and sustainable growth. This built on 1 million EURO in 2014 provided to promote democracy and children rights and 400,000 EUROS in 2013 to support civil society in promoting gender equity and women's rights.

Through these funds we are supporting a range of partners and initiatives which include;

  • Wassu Gambia Kafo; received 300,000 EURO from the EU for their project that aims to contribute to reduce gender base violence against children and women, notably Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, in The Gambia.
  • Mbolo Association; an organisation implementing a 299,000 EURO project promoting small-scale agricultural communities resilience by enhanced agro processing products using solar technology through empowering women.
  • Action Aid; implementing a 300,000 EURO project aimed at promoting women’s empowerment and participation by increasing women’s access to and control over productive resources. It aims to reach aims to reach 28,000 people.

In addition to this, with our UN and NGOs partners, we have a portfolio of over 40 million EUROS that supports rural development and food security, much of which directly supports women including:

  • The 3,000,000 EURO 'Building Resilience through Social Transfers for nutrition security in the Gambia (BReST)' implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA) which provides a monthly cash transfer of GMD600 (EUR10) to 6,000 women with children under-2 years .
  • A 11,500,000 EURO "Post-Crisis Response to Food and Nutrition insecurity in The Gambia" project being implemented by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF. This aims to build resilience and reduce malnutrition through supplementary feeding of 40,000 children, promoting good nutritional practices and nutrition climate smart agriculture by farmers and a 'Cash for Work' programme already employing over 500 women.
  • The 13,000,000 EURO 'Agriculture for Economic Growth' project being implemented by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture. Amongst others, this project aims to promote the role of women in the agriculture value chain.

This demonstrates only some of the ways that the EU in The Gambia is responding to the call to action to #PressForChange. We know that gender parity won't happen overnight, but we refuse to wait the estimated 200 years until gender parity.

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