By: Landing Ceesay
The National Assembly Member for Banjul South Fatoumatta [Touma] Njie, has critiqued women advocates for what she described as their ‘lack of support’ to their fellow women when they need them the most.
“It is rather unfortunate that women, though [they] call themselves advocates, never stand up when other women need them and they still call themselves women advocates.”
“On the 27th of February, I had my [PPP] congress and it was seen worldwide that I was being bullied, but it is so unfortunate that apart from Rohey Malick Lowe, the Mayor of Banjul no woman reached out to me to show solidarity.”
While speaking at a town hall meeting organised by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), as part of the International Women’s Day Celebration, Touma Njie said with or without the help of the advocates, she will stand her ground to take what she described as “rightfully” hers.
She said there can never be progress in development in The Gambia, if women are left behind who formed half of the population in the country.
She called on women to stand up for the younger generation of girls.
“I think we should stand up together to ensure, to pave the way and remove all the stones along the way for the younger generation. We should ensure that girls are not scared to take leadership positions in the Gambia, especially political positions.”
Touma said she would ensure that young girls are given the opportunity to lead some of the highest institutions in the Gambia.
“My story is sufficient enough to ensure that women have emancipation and pave the way for female participation in this country.”
The NAM for Banjul South said these at a town hall meeting organised by Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), as part of the International Women’s Day Celebration on 10th March.