Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ECOWAS Statement on 2011 Presidential Election in the Gambia

Abuja - Nigeria — The ECOWAS Commission has informed the President of the Gambia about its decision not to dispatch an ECOWAS Observer Mission to the Presidential Election scheduled to take place in the country on 24 November 2011, because the preparations and political environment for the said election are adjudged by the Commission not to be conducive for the conduct of free, fair and transparent polls.


UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe

DAILY NEWS: The UDP/GMC United Alliance vehemently and unconditionally rejects the results of the just concluded Presidential Elections as announced by the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission. The results are bogus, fraudulent, and constitute a capricious usurpation of the will of the people.


The Four Parties: PDOIS, NRP, GPDP and NADD

DAILY NEWS : On Friday 25th November 2011, the Independent Electoral Commission declared the final results of the 2011 Presidential Elections. The Independent Candidate has 73.060 votes.
A meeting was scheduled after the declaration of the results to review the figures and issue a statement but the meeting had to be delayed because of the late arrival of Honourable Henry Gomez who later explained that he boarded a taxi to come to the meeting only to have the movement of the vehicle blocked by another transport with Gambia Revenue Authority inscribed on the door.

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Gambia’s darkest hour


Mathew K. Jallow

By Mathew K Jallow

Friday 25th November 2011, will in the annals of The Gambia’s history, be forever remembered with consternation and utter disbelief as one of our country’s darkest hour; a dark day in which Gambians everywhere descended to the lowest points of our political lives. The shocking results of Gambia’s recently concluded presidential elections are a manifestation of the power of tyranny and the length to which Yahya Jammeh will go to remain in power.

UDP Label Results Fraudulent Friday, 25 November 2011 23:15

Ousainou Darboe

(JollofNews) –
Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of Gambia’s main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) has rejected results of Thursday’s presidential polls, saying the whole electoral process was “neither free nor fair.”

The electoral commission declared President Yahya Jammeh winner of the race, polling 72 percent of the votes as compared to Mr. Darboe’s 17 percent.

Media Bias Helped Gambia's Jammeh Win Election: AU

Yahya Jammeh

Reuters: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh benefited from a strong media bias and greater financial resources than his rivals to secure a new five-year term in elections, the African Union said on Saturday.

Former military coup leader Jammeh scored a landslide 72 percent victory to extend his 17 year-rule over the tiny West African country, criticized for alleged human rights abuses and press-muzzling.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Thursday, November 24, 2011

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United Front flag-bearer calls for peaceful election

DAILY OBSERVER: The United Front presidential candidate, Hamat NK Bah has called on his supporters and well-wishers to abide by the laws of the country in order to ensure a peaceful election.

AU observer mission arrives for tomorrow's polls

THE POINT : At the invitation of the Gambia government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Jean Ping, has dispatched an observer mission to The Gambia to observe the 24th November Presidential Election.

State House is up for Grab

Hamat Bah, Ousainou Darboe & Yahya Jammeh

DAILY NEWS: Gambians will go to the polls tomorrow – Thursday Nov.24 - to elect a president. Polls will open from seven o’clock in the morning to four in the afternoon, according to the country’s electoral body.
Widely viewed as the favorite over the two opposition alliances, Gambia’s military turned civilian president Yahya Jammeh is seeking for reelection for a fourth term of office. 
Contesting against him are his long time close rival, main opposition UDP’s Ousainou Darboe, who is in alliance with GMC, and PPP and former NRP, now independent candidate Hamat Bah, who still has the backing of his party and three other parties – GPDP, NADD and PDOIS.
This year’s presidential election will be the fourth five-year constitutional exercise in the second republic.

We’ll Drink Coffee at State House, UDP diehard assured Darboe

UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe

DAILY NEWS:Main opposition-UDP campaign caravan was on Sunday accorded a rousing welcome by the people of provincial Upper River region.
Addressing rallies at Basse, administrative centre of URR and other villages in URR, Darboe told them that that region is a farming community, but the ruling party is yet to address their needs as farmers. 
Darboe added that, business is no longer lucrative because president Jammeh is bullying ordinary locals out of business. The UDP leader said, Jammeh’s 17 year rule only brought about miseries for Gambians. 
Mai Fatty, leader of GMC told the gathering the country needs change which, he believes can be done by UDP. 

Re-electing Jammeh Will Be Greatest Mistake

Mai Fatty

 DAILY NEWS: Founding leader of opposition-GMC, who throws weight behind opposition heavyweight, UDP said, renewing the mandate president Jammeh will be the greatest mistake Gambians dare not to make come Nov.24. 
Mai Fatty said: “Gambian youth are jobless because of the APRC administration. There is skyrocketing of the prices basic commodities and no respect for human rights. 
Mai was addressing supporters on Sunday at Bansang where over 170 APRC militants claimed to have defected to UDP. 

Independent Candidate Apologises Over Farato Incident

United Front leader Hamat Bah

United Front backed independent presidential candidate Hamat Bah Monday apologised for defying instructions to go off road for ruling APRC convoy to pass.  
The saga occurred on Sunday around Farato village in Kombo Central of West coast region. 
Our correspondent with the United Front tour team says, traffic police men stopped the United Front entourage at the AU High way in order for ruling party to pass.

‘I regret voting for APRC’

Henry Gomez

Halifa Sallah and Henry Gomez led United Front entourage touring urban Gambia was accorded a rousing welcome in Nyofelleh village on Sunday.
Various speakers at the villagers pledged their allegiance to the United Front backed independent candidate Hamat Bah in the Nov.24 presidential election. 
Amadou Sowe, a village youth said they will all vote for the opposition alliance saying that they on several occasion have sent information to the United Front to hold rally in Nyfolleh.
“We are convinced that it’s only United Front that can rule this country and make all Gambians proud of their destiny,” said Mr Sowe.
‘We are all behind the United Front, and we will vote massively against Jammeh’s government, come Nov. 24 says Saikouba Jamba, a supporter of APRC who defected to the United Front during the rally. 
Sowe, who claimed to be a former sympathizer of ruling APRC said: “I definitely regretted voting for the ruling APRC for the past elections.
He however pointed out that come Nov. 24, he will undo the wrong by voting out Jammeh.

'Hamat NK Bah is a Candidate of all Gambians'

Sidia Jatta

Independent presidential candidate Hamat Bah represents the wishes of all Gambians, and not just his party, NRP, Sidia Jatta re-iterated during rallies in provincial Gambia. 
Mr Jatta, opposition NADD parliamentarian said, Hamat’s candidature is backed by a coalition of four parties – NRP, PDOIS, NADD and GPDP – called United Front. 
“Bah is not a candidate of any single political party but a candidate of the Gambian people as he was elected by the people from all seven regions of the country and that is why he stands as an independent candidate,” Hon. Jatta explained.
He was speaking at rallies in the villages of Julangel, Sareh Bojo, Bansang and Jimara.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Population Institute Names 32nd Annual Global Media Award Winners

Report: From 6 Billion to 7 BillionWashington, DC – An Ethiopian serial drama, a Kenyan news article series, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2011 Global Media Awards for excellence in population reporting. The awards will be presented January 12th, at a ceremony in New York City.

Halifa Sallah Exposes the Indebtedness of the Government

(FOROYAA) Halifa Sallah the Secretary General of PDOIS, which together with NRP, GPDP and NADD support the Indpendent presidential candidate Hamat N.K Bah on Wednesday 16th November 2011 vowed to give full support to their presidential candidate.
Halifa Sallah indicated these words at a meeting held at the Dippa Kunda Five Junction attended by a great number of youths who are coming to have their first experience in making a decision in this coming election. 
Addressing the audience who come from different areas and who took their time to come to listen to the words of wisdom by their mentor.

Islamic Banks Assets Projected at US $4 Trillion

The governor of The Central Bank of The Gambia, CBG Mr. Amadou Colley has told a sub-regional meeting that with about 400-500 Islamic banks worldwide, they manage close to US $1 trillion worth of assets revealing that this figure is estimated to rise by US $4 trillion by 2020.
Giving records, he informed his audience that it was in 1997, that the first Islamic Institution called the Arab Gambia Islamic Bank (AGIB) was established through private participation including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in The Gambia.
With a decade of operations in the Gambian soil, he said the bank was able to mobilise 25,000 depositors with a total deposit of D400 million.

UDP’s Ousainou Darboe assured of victory in NBR

Ousainou Darboe

(THE POINT) Communities in the North Bank Region have assured the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party, Ousainou Darboe, of a landslide victory in the forthcoming presidential polls due next week Thursday.
The assurance was made to the UDP leadership Wednesday during political rallies held in the villages of Essau, Fass Njaga Choi, Ndungu Kebbeh, Baddibu Katchang and Baddidu Salikene as part of the UDP party’s campaign for the coming polls.
At the Baddibu Katchang meeting, where UDP supporters chanted, “It’s time for a change,” speaker after speaker assured Darboe of victory, stressing that “victory for the UDP is a foregone conclusion.”

Gambia needs politics of construction, not violence - says Jammeh


(THE POINT) Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh Wednesday told his ruling APRC supporters that what the Gambia needs at the moment is the “politics of construction and not politics of violence”, reiterating his earlier call for a violence-free election on 24th November.
Jammeh, 46, is seeking a fourth term of office, and he was speaking Wednesday at a political rally held in Basse in the Upper River Region, as part of his campaign for the presidential election.
According to him, the politics of violence, insults, intimidation or trouble has no place in Gambian society, adding that his supporters should not go in for violence.

‘United Front’ intensifies campaign in LRR


(THE POINT) As the race in the much-talked about presidential election draws closer, independent candidate Hamat Bah, standing under the banner of the opposition United Front, has intensified his campaign across the country, moving into the Lower River Region Wednesday after three days of vigorous campaigning within the Greater Banjul Area.
While Halifa Sallah and Henry Gomez, all part of the United Front, are touring the Kombos holding rallies, independent candidate Hamat Bah and Sidia Jatta are touring the rural areas holding meetings in villages like Sintet, Nyoro Jataba, Dumbutu, Jappineh and Dongoroba canvassing for votes.

GreenTech Launches Environmentally Friendly Products

Briquette Stove with Briquettes
The managing director of GreenTech Environmental Solution, Anthony Tabbal, in his statement stated that GreenTech is a newly established company in The Gambia whichfocuses on pro-poor and environmentally friendly products, production and marketing strategies with high potential of extension and diversification. GreenTech Environmental Solution is a private business response to the actual poverty situation, the up-winding energy crises and the environmental challenges in The Gambia. 
Mr. Tabbal was speaking at the launching of green techs briquette plant held at the Green Mamba Restaurant in Senegambia recently.


Dear Mamadou Edrisa Njie,

Thank you for your prompt response! I am Mohammed Barry a Gambian living with HIV and I want to bring to light the plight of people living with HIV to face of presidential aspirants in the forthcoming presidential elections in the Gambia. 
Please do find the article attached for your due consideration and please do not hesitate to let me know when you will publish it. 

Around World AIDS Day, I will write you an article to the Gambian community on my experiences of living with HIV for almost 14 years to bring a human and common Gambian face to the struggles and plights associated with the AIDS pandemic. 

The article attached is mainly targeting the forthcoming presidential elections and please do let me know if you need more articles on HIV and AIDS with regards to the forthcoming World AIDS Day commemoration as well in the Gambia. 

Thank you and I look forward to partnering with your paper on creating an AIDS awareness/ human rights/policy related column for public readership as well. Below is the full text of the release:
Dear Presidential Aspirants;   

Halifa Sallah Blames APRC Gov’t for Not Providing Jobs

Halifa Sallah
Addressing party supporters and militants in Sukuta and Brufut, Halifa Sallah secretary general of the Peolpes Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), told the rally that the APRC government has botched Gambian people by not meeting their needs and aspirations.
These, Sallah said the APRC government did not afford job opportunities for youths of the country under the seventeen years rule. United Front, he said will provide job opportunities for Gambian if voted into office.
Giving figures, Sallah revealed that over one hundred eighty-five thousand (185,000) students are currently enrolled in the primary schools, over sixty thousand (60,000) in the upper basic  and almost thirty thousand 30,000) student are in the senior schools through out the couhtry.

United Front Bah promises to build up Bakau

Hamat NK Bah
The United Front Presidential candidate, Hamat NK Bah with his entourage on 14 November entered Bakau with party militants and supporter to show up himself to the people of Bakau as a presidential candidate as well as to put in plain words his manifesto.
 United Front supporters and militants turned up in their hundreds in Bakau to welcome Hamat NK Bah and his entourage. The crowd greeted Bah with shouting slogans and singing songs of praise.

APRC Ruling Have Come To an End, Nothing More! Nothing Less!

Hamat NK Bah
The alarm bell has rung in the four corners of The Gambia, as President Yahya Jamme’s ruling under the APRC party in the country for seventeen has come to an end, says Hamat NK Bah Independent Presidential candidate running for the presidency.
“This will the last nomination for Yahya Jammeh to run for presidency seat in the Gambian electoral cycle, come November 24, nothing more, nothing less.” According to Bah, Gambians are now bushed and bothered by the APRC government for the past seventeen years. He said that many people are living in distressed situation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hamat: President Jammeh is Finish


The independent presidential candidate in the presidential elections due Thursday said, Gambia’s military turned civilian president Yahya Jammeh is finish.
“I want Jammeh to know that his years are gone and time have come for the United Front to rule this country for five years,” Bah, who has the backing of the alliance of four opposition parties called United Front told a rally in Brikama, the administrative centre of West Coast region of The Gambia.
The outspoken politician who led his party, opposition-NRP in the 1996 and 2006 presidential races decried executive interference in the country’s judiciary under the Jammeh administration.

Henry: Give Your Votes to Hamat

 GPDP Henry Gomez

The leader and founder of opposition GPDP, Mr Henry Gomez urged Gambians to vote independent presidential candidate, Hamat Bah into office in the Nov24 presidential polls.

Henry, whose party coalesced into a united opposition of four parties that back Hamat Bah’s candidature said, Mr Bah was selected by the whole country to lead the United Front.
He explained that at the end of the first term, the coalition will split and each party will be on its own and campaign for the next presidential election, but no party will serve more than two terms.

Halifa:‘United Front Will Assuage Poverty’

PDOIS, Mr Halifa Sallah

The secretary general of opposition PDOIS, Mr Halifa Sallah assured party supporters that United Front will alleviate poverty and attain food self-sufficiency for all Gambians, if voted into office come November 24 presidential polls.
Mr Sallah made this remark at a well attended mass political rally graced by supporters and sympathisers in the town of Bakau.
He pointed out that the high indebtedness of the country, which he claimed is due to the high amount of loans taken by the Jammeh administration.
According to him, a United Front government would restore democracy, fix the economy, create jobs for the youth and address societal ills the APRC regime could not handle.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

United Democractic Party Election Manifesto 2011


This Manifesto of the United Democratic Party (UDP) embodies the policy guidelines of the party to be presented to the Gambian people in the forth-coming Presidential/Parliamentary elections. It is a statement of intention in respect of socio-economic development as well as institutional and constitutional arrangements to be put in place by the party during its term(s) of office in the Second Republic. The party intends to be identified with the pronouncements in this manifesto, the overall aim of which is to transform The Gambia into a haven of peace, stability and prosperity.
In this regard, major policy areas have been identified across the board and are carefully examined to reflect their relevance to the realization of the aforesaid objectives. They range from strengthening democracy and good governance, security matters, economic policies in a free market economy, trade facilitation, monetary and fiscal development to provide an enabling environment for a balanced and sustainable economic growth and development, agriculture and women’s empowerment and development. A pragmatic foreign policy has also been highlighted in line with continental and global realities.

Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) Manifesto

Yahya AJJ Jammeh

The principal objective for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) is the Empowerment of The People in order for them to take full control of their own destiny on the road to socio-economic development. This is the third edition of the APRC Manifesto. Ahead of the 2006 Presidential and 2007 National Assembly elections, this Manifesto seeks to inform the electorate about the policies and programmes to be implemented by the APRC government, during its term in office. This document is therefore the embodiment of the APRC’s public declaration of intent and policy for the years ahead.

The Manifesto and Memorandum of Understanding of the United Front


Vision and Mission
We the undersigned are compelled by the dictates of national interest and posterity to commit ourselves to the type of change that will place the country right into the hands of the Gambian people after 41 years of Republican existence.
 The concentration of power in the hands of the executive and the constant amendments of the constitution to erode the functioning of a genuine multiparty system, especially the second round of voting and its replacement with first past the post, which makes the opposition parties to be disadvantaged by their share numbers, makes it prudent for the opposition to establish a grand alliance not to seek power for its sake or effect change for its sake but to empower the people  to build a durable democracy that would enable them to condition leaders to focus on their needs and aspirations.

GMC leader Mai Fatty returns home

Mai Ahmad Fatty

(THE POINT) After over four years abroad, the leader of the opposition Gambia Moral Congress, GMC, returned to The Gambia Tuesday evening.
This was confirmed by our reporter who is currently touring the country with the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) as part of the party’s presidential campaign.
Mai Ahmad Fatty, whose GMC formed an alliance with the UDP in the run-up to the forthcoming presidential election, was received by a jubilant crowd of both UDP, GMC and PPP party supporters in Farafenni, from where he crossed over into the country from neighbouring Senegal.

Teranga FM Director, others dragged to court

(THE POINT) The Managing Director of Teranga FM Radio Station, Ismaila Ceesay, Kebba Camara, a court reporter, Nfanlly Fadera and Abdoulie Mendy, both presenters at the said radio station, were on Monday dragged to the Brikama Magistrates’ Court for airing a “wrong report”.

YAG delegate attends Global Youth Summit

Mariama Dumbuya, a member of the Youth Alliance The Gambia (YAG) over the weekend left Banjul for London, UK where she will represent Youth Alliance and the Gambian youths’ at the Global Youth Summit (Global Change Makers). The summit is scheduled for 13-19 November, 2011.

The Global   Youth Summit is part of the British Council’s Global Change Makers initiative. Global Change makers is a global network of a select group of young who have a significant track record as social entrepreneurs, social activists and volunteers (aged 16-25).

IEC warns against campaign violence

Alhaji Mustapha L. Carrayol

(DAILY OBSERVER) The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has warned against any individual or group disrupting, interrupting or trying to stop any political party or individuals especially the presidential campaign entourage, saying that such acts would not be compromised for the entire period of the election campaign.

A media dispatch from the IEC signed by the chairman, Alhaji Mustapha L. Carrayol, reminds that free political activity and a level playing field are one of the principles of the conduct of a free, fair and transparent election.

Sidia: “Hamat Is A National Candidate”

United Front leader Hamat Bah

Veteran Gambian politician, Sidia Jatta has said that the independent presidential candidate in the upcoming Nov.24 president elections, Hamat Bah is a national candidate.
Mr Jatta, whose party, opposition-NADD is backing Hamat’s candidature alongside three other parties – NRP, GPDP and NADD reasoned that Mr Bah is a national candidate because he is elected by all the 7 regions of this country through a convention.

Darboe: No One Will Be Held In Hostage in This Election

UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe

(DAILY NEWS)Leader of the main opposition UDP, Ousainou Darboe has warned that nobody  will be held hostage in this upcoming November 24 presidential  election.
“No one will be held hostage again as  had happened in the last presidential election and nobody can threaten or intimidate the Independent Electoral Commission,” said the UDP presidential candidate.
The lawyer cum politician made these statements at a political rally on Saturday. The meeting was well attended.

Hamat: We’ll Not Surrender Our Victory

United Front leader Hamat Bah

Independent presidential candidate, Hamat Bah has informed a well attended mass political rally in Bundung Borehole that he will under no circumstance surrender his victory to anybody if he emerges winner of the Nov.24 presidential race.
Bah, whose candidature is supported by four opposition political parties - PDOIS, GPDP, NRP and NADD said, Jammeh, who is having a firm grip on power since he took over in 1994 a coup, will be flushed out come Nov. 24.

Jammeh Vows to Crush Replica of Ivory Coast Election Standoff

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh

(DAILY NEWS) The Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has vowed that the Ivory Coast election standoff scenario will not be replicated in The Gambia.
Ivory Coast witnessed months of deadly clashes after its defeated president, Laurent Gbargbo refused to cede power to Ouattara in that country December 2010 presidential elections. The tension was defused after he was captured from a Bunka and taken hostage alongside his wife.
“Already people have started commenting that there will be an Ivory Coast situation [in this election],” said tough-talking Jammeh who had insisted that Gbargbo was the legitimate leader and declared not to recognise Ouattara’s presidency.

Hamat Promises 20, 000 Houses for Civil Servants, Military

Hamat NK Bah

(DAILY NEWS) Presidential aspirant, Hamat Bah has promised that he’ll make housing affordable to all Gambians when elected head of state come Nov. 24.
The outspoken politician said, the first phase of this housing scheme will have 20, 000 houses built for civil servants and the military.
He also pledged to create more job opportunities to absorb the many frustrated young Gambians who have been left hopeless by the current APRC regime.

Darboe Pledges to Fix ‘Bad’ Economy

Ousainou Darboe of UDP

(DAILY NEWS) Main opposition UDP leader, Ousainou Darboe had promised that, when elected into office in the country’s upcoming Nov. 24 presidential election, he’ll fix the country’s economy, which he said, is in a bad shape.
The UDP leader has also promised to exercise the rule of law, which he pointed, is a travesty in The Gambia under the Jammeh regime.
Darboe said, he will alleviate the rising rate of poverty. He promised to enhanced agriculture, the mainstay of the country’s economy. He described president Jammeh’s back-to-the-land clarion call as instead, ‘back-to-my-land’, referring to cheap labour being employed at president’s farms across the country where people from different walks of life volunteer.

The Battle Line Is Drawn: Jammeh, Darboe & Hamat to Race For State House

Hamat Bah, Ousainou Darboe & Yahya Jammeh

(DAILY NEWS) The Gambia Independent Electoral Commission yesterday certified the nomination of three presidential candidates for the upcoming presidential elections slated for Nov.24 of this year.
The race is between incumbent Yahya Jammeh of APRC, Ousainou Darboe of main-opposition UDP and Hamat Bah, an independent candidate. All the candidates have met the required criteria.
Each of the candidates was accompanied at the headquarters of IEC – Election House – for nomination by their top party members and exited supporters.
The lawyer cum political figurehead of UDP, Ousainou Darboe was the first to be nominated at around 10 in the morning.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Climate Change Education, youth-focus Action on mitigation and adaptation; the challenges and good practices

Ebrima Dem
In this interview with Mr Ebrima Dem, national coordinator, Global Unification The Gambia (GU), the youth activist talks on the involvement of his youth-led organisation in climate change education, mitigation and adaptation as well as challenges and good practices.
Mr Dem is a social justice activist specialised in women rights and climate change.
He was twice in row been the official youth delegate of The Gambia to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties.
You have been involved in youth activities for many years. In fact you are a pioneer of GU-The Gambia. Could you explain what Global Unification is all about?

Global Unification The Gambia (GU) is a youth-led, community-based, research and development organisation. We work with young people and local communities in The Gambia, supporting their efforts to move out of poverty, access quality health care services and adapt to the impact of climate change.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Dear Mamadou Edrisa Njie,
This week, ICFJ celebrated 27 years of advancing quality journalism worldwide at an Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were emcees for the 600-person gala.
Some highlights:
  • Honoree Christiane Amanpour of ABC News said no country can be strong without the "amazing profession" of journalism.  Watch the video.
  • New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta urged journalists to be optimistic in the digital era, but also cautioned them to become better multimedia story tellers.  Watch the video.

Friday, November 4, 2011

FGM: GAMCOTRAP Trains More Than 300 Youths

The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children, GAMTROP has engaged more that three hundred youth across the West Coast Region on information campaign to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with youth. 
The sensitization training dates were as follows 21st, at GAMCOTRAP Head office, 22nd, Wellengara Cinema hall and 23rd at Sukuta Health Centre respectively. 
     Speaking at both sensitization training meetings, the executive director of Gamcotrap, Dr Isatou Touray,  commended the youth for what she described their positive respond to their invitation to attend the training.
   She continued, “I am very much happy to welcome all of you (participants) to this important forum designed for young people who are leaders of today and tomorrow.”

No Pensions for Majority of Elderly Women

 By Paul Carlucci and Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

ACCRA, Nov 3, 2011 (IPS) - On the grubby edge of Old Fadama, Accra’s infamous illegal slum settlement, 67-year-old Mariana Sayitou sits under a parasol and tends to her livelihood – selling several dozen kola nuts and a few piles of bagged beans to passers-by.

Untouched by Ghana’s meager social support system and beyond the reach of its tatty pension scheme, she is a composite of this West African country’s elderly women: poor, struggling, and often forgotten.

Highlights: Global Youth Innovation Workshop & Fair in Cotonou

By Solomon Elorm Allavi-Ghana

Chief Operations Manager of a startup ICT company
From October 10th to 13th, 2011, more than 60 youth entrepreneurs throughout the world convened in Cotonou, Benin for the first Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) workshop and fair, with yours truly (Syecomp Business Services Ltd) represented by the Chief operations manager, Solomon Elorm Allavi. This is unlike any other youth-focused program which was wholly facilitated by youths with practical demonstration of youth-run enterprises in three thematic areas staged in: Innovation & Leadership; Innovation & Agribusiness; and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

GU Partnership With World Bank on Connect4Climate Project.

Dear leaders,

"I am happy to share this good news with you. Please read and share. We will also appreciate your commends. 
Global Unification the Gambia (GU) has established partnership with the World Bank on their Connect4Climate project. This is a campaign, a competition,dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world. Connect4Climate is engaging African youth, along with partners and individuals interested in the climate dialogue through Facebook, Twitter, other social media channels.  In this partnership GU will incorporate the C4C project into the  Eco Challenge, a climate change education program for young people in the Gambia, motivate young people in the Gambia to participate in C4C project and in return, world bank will feature GU's work in their website, twitter and and facebook,. By this, GU stand a good chance to improve its visiblity and or possibly attract potential funders or partners for its work.
The Connect4Climate Photo/Video Competition is challenging youth, ages 13-35, to share their personal climate change stories and ideas for action within six photo/video categories: agriculture, energy, forests, Gender, Health, and water. Winning entries will be exhibited at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban this December and at Rio+20 in June, 2012.
The best entries will receive prizes at a high-profile awards ceremony and will be exhibited at COP17 in Durban. World leaders and prominent climate change thinkers will get a chance to look, listen, and learn about these youth-generated climate stories. You can enter the competition by clicking here or email us your submissions at c4cphotovideo@worldbank.org. Deadline: November 15, 2011.
Connect4Climate officially launched six weeks ago on September 21st has now ow more than 48,000 Facebook users follow the Connect4Climate Facebook page, with another 1,500 new followers daily. Furthermore, each week more than 4 million unique Facebook users see content associated with the Connect4Climate Facebook page."
For question, please email: connect4climate@worldbank.org . For inquiries on our local efforts in the Gambia, contact: info@globalunificationthegambia.org 
You can also get further information via c4c website: www.connect4climate.orgwww.globalunificationthegambia.org 
Twitter: Connect4Climate or glbgambia
Yours Faithfully

Ebrima S. Dem
National Coordinator  
Global Unification-The Gambia
Suite 106, Plaza office Center
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