Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that “No country can get ahead if it leaves half of its people behind.” This statement is true for The Gambia and the U.S. Evidence shows that when a country invests in women and girls, the individual’s status improves, along with her family, community, and nation.
Here is how the U.S. supports women in The Gambia:
- At least fifty percent of participants in every U.S. Embassy program are women and girls. This includes initiatives such as USAID projects, State Department grants to Gambian NGOs, involvement in school clubs, communities, and participation in exchange and fellowship programs.
- More than 53% of U.S. Embassy supported business start-ups are women-owned and they are thriving.
- The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Threshold Board in The Gambia is a model of inclusivity, with mostly female Gambians, including the Chairperson. The MCC Compact is planned to focus on transportation and education, while ensuring gender inclusivity.
- The United States Department of Agriculture is implementing the $28.5 million McGovern-Dole Food for Education program. Focusing on child nutrition, girls’ education, and literacy, this program delivers school meals for 57,000 children. It also provides teacher training, all-together impacting more than 100,000 Gambians, including students, teachers, and farmers.
- Peace Corps volunteers help women with literacy programs and partner with teachers. They also partner with health providers, hospitals, and peer health groups in rural communities.
- USAID empowers women-owned enterprises, including training women shellfish harvesters to become stewards of fisheries and mangroves.
- S.-sponsored Competitive College Clubs (CCC) are instrumental in helping rural girls defy the odds and pursue higher education opportunities.
All of these are in addition to many Embassy grants:
- The Ambassador’s Self-Help fund aids women across the country who are improving living conditions in their communities.
- Through Public Diplomacy programs, support is extended to NGOs like Women’s Association for Victims’ Empowerment (WAVE), which assists female victims of the Jammeh regime; Girls Pride, which manufactures reusable pads to support girls’ education; and Clock TVET, an auto repair training program run by and for women.
All these initiatives demonstrate the United States’ unwavering commitment to promote the well-being and empowerment of women and girls in The Gambia. We are dedicated to being a steadfast partner in advancing gender equality and fostering positive change. We are Here for Her Well-Being in The Gambia.