We hosted our first Embassy Banjul Women’s Leadership Empowerment and Networking Forum on January 18, 2024, at the Kairaba Beach Hotel, bringing together over 100 women from diverse backgrounds, including the First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia, Fatoumata Bah Barrow.
The forum focused on the crucial need to foster women’s leadership, in the U.S. and The Gambia. Our speakers for the event included the internationally acclaimed Kora player Sona Jobarteh; Isatou Dabo, Executive Director of the National Agency Against Trafficking in Persons; Amie Joof Cole, Gender and Media Expert; Honorable Fatoumata Njai; Dr. Jessica Gephart, U.S. Science Envoy; and Fatou Baldeh, Executive Director of Women in Liberation and Leadership. Their insightful talks delved into topics of great importance for the advancement of women and girls, particularly on the issue of gender parity.
The United States Ambassador to The Gambia, Sharon L. Cromer, delivered a powerful address, emphasizing the significance of uniting women to openly address the issues affecting them, lifting each other up, and finding common ground to tackle these challenges together.
Public Affairs Officer, Susan C. Solomon gave an engaging overview of the embassy’s Women’s Leadership Group and the multitude of initiatives we have undertaken to promote women’s leadership and empowerment.
Mariam D Jallow, who delivered remarks on behalf of the First Lady, emphasized the importance of women and girls’ empowerment and how the office of the First Lady, the Ministry of Gender, and the Gambian government at large have placed this at the core of their activities. The event concluded with a dynamic networking session, providing participants with the opportunity to connect with women who have excelled in diverse backgrounds despite the challenges they encounter.
Many thanks to the members of U.S. Embassy’s Women’s Leadership Group who helped to conceptualize and organize this program. This group of Gambian and American female leaders from our Embassy continue to show that, together, women are truly powerful!