In a show of solidarity and support to Gambian women and children, Fatoumatta Bah-Barrow, first lady of The Gambia Monday, August 21 interacted with ten children shortly before their surgical operations at Francis Small Teaching Hospital in Banjul.
On Friday, August 18, the Gambian first lady also visited several women’s projects to discuss with Gambian women entrepreneurs in Banjulnding, Brikama and Sinchu Alagie areas challenges they faced in their economic activities. The women hinted that lack of markets, equipment, funding and supporthinderthe expansion of their businesses.
In Banjulunding, Mrs Bah- Barrow saw a variety of processed and packaged local products by women including Moringa, ginger, wonjo, mangoes and Neem leaves (into medicated soap and cosmetic products).
Speaking at the ceremony, Yamundow Gaye-Yarbo a woman entrepenuer and politician emphasised the women’s role in socio-economic development and poverty eradication.
Isatou Ceesay, director of the Women Initiative The Gambia (WIG), said they worked with women from 10 villages to recycle, and manage local waste. Women from the different villages were trained to transform waste into briquettes as alternative to charcoal from trees, organic fertilizer and other products.
Mrs Ceesay said the recycling of waste was to contribute to the management of climate change, create a source of income for the women and promote a healthy environment. The WIG director show-cased samples of recycled materials.
The first lady was accompanied by Dr Isatou Touray, the minister of Trade, Mrs Saffie Lowe Ceesay, the minister of Health, Lamin. B. Dibba, the minister of environment, Dawda Fadera, the Secretary General and other Government officials.