By Muhammed L. Bojang
The Kombo East District Assembly for the Welfare of Girls and Young Women on Wednesday staged a symposium in commemoration of International Women’s Day (IWD) at Sohm Village, West Coast Region.
The theme of the event was; “Recognizing the great efforts of women leaders in community development”.
Spokesperson of the Kombo East District Assembly for the Welfare of Girls and Young Women, Fanta Darboe, said every day is women’s day as they are worth celebrating day-to-day. She urged girls and young women of the district to be steadfast to the day-to-day challenges of life. She also advised them to be conscious as well as be aware of the impact of teenage pregnancy and early marriage on their lives.
The lady councilor of Kombo East District, Sirreh Touray, described women’s role in society as phenomenal. She encouraged young women to vie for political positions in order to be part of decisions making processes, saying they should not limit themselves to the kitchen, gardens, and markets or serve as housewives. She also urged girls and young women to take their education seriously as well as dialogue with their parents on the effects of early marriage.
The Senior Program Specialist of Early Childhood Education at Child Fund -The Gambia, Hawa Minteh, urged young women to pursue their career goals in order to be productive in society. She challenged the young women to stand for their rights in ensuring equality, access to quality health care, not to lose their lives as a result of pregnancy or during childbirth. She appealed to them to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
The 2021 UN theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, highlighting the impact that girls and women worldwide had as health care workers, caregivers, innovators and community organizers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Women’s Day is commemorated in a variety of ways worldwide; it is a public holiday in several countries, and observed socially or locally in others. The UN observes the holiday in connection with a particular issue, campaign, or theme in women’s rights.
In some parts of the world, the day still reflects its political origins, being marked by protests and calls for radical change; in other areas, particularly in the West, it is largely socio-cultural and centered on a celebration of womanhood.