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Women Empowerment Foundation seeks support for Tanka Tanka project

Mamos Media

By Adama Tine

Women Empowerment Project Foundation (WEPF), a fairly new charity organisation whose entity is registered and ran mostly in The Gambia is appealing for support for its Tanka Tanka Project. 

The charity was co-founded and initiated by Maimuna Yaya Kanyi and friends in 2017.

After residing in the West for some time, they came to realize that advocating, empowering and educating Gambian women is a key component to sustainable development.

In an interview with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Mrs. Maimuna Kanyi, she said: “this year our main beneficiary of the proceeds from the fundraiser is Tanka Tanka Psychiatric Hospital. The aim is to ensure the female patients are afforded the security and dignity we enjoy at home.”

“We are seeking for support from the government and every individual who understands that those at Tanka Tanka Hospital are our own people and also that their status could happen to anyone,” she said.

According to her, the foundation wants to build a fence that will separate the female wing at the hospital from the male side for proper security. “Considering that both male and female patients here stay together is very risky. We came up with the idea to build a fence that will separate them.

“Since our sole interest is empowering women and girls, we hereby kindly solicit utmost support from government and partners in assisting us fulfill this project,” she remarked.

WEPF compromises of West African women from all walks of life, ranging from nurses, bankers, small business owners, lawyers, activists, civil servants, university students, market traders, women gardeners, artists and house wives.

“We have a bunch of influential men as advisers in the group,” Mrs Kanyi also said.

She added that: “Our aims are but not limited to working on the total eradication of FGM, child labor and child prostitution, battered women, domestic abuse, child marriages and forced marriages and any other forms of violence against women, girls and children.

“We aim to find solutions to the day to day challenges facing women in Africa,” she concluded.

AT/COB/DAJ/18/01/22

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