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The Senegal-Gambia-Guinea Bissau Women’s Forum in collaboration with the Gender Action Team (GAT) recently organize a ‘Peace Tent’ to drive home their concern as regards current security threats in Gambia at the Paradise Suites Hotel. These women are concerned about the increasing threats of insecurity and instability in The Gambia due to the current political impasse subsequent to the 1st December, 2016 Presidential elections. The ‘Peace Tent’ had in attendance members of the GAT, the delegation of representatives from the Women’s Platform in Senegal and Guinea Bissau, religious and venerable leaders, members of the diplomatic and consular corps, representatives from civil society organizations and other professional bodies and members of the general public. With the main purpose of the event to call on the relevant authorities in the persons of the Outgoing President Yaya Jammeh and Incoming President Adama Barrow to ensure that peace and stability continues to prevail in…

Gambia’s first-ever female presidential candidate recently said it was time for President Yahya Jammeh “to go”, promising to rejoin the Commonwealth community and set the country on a path to prosperity. Isatou Touray, a development expert and campaigner against female genital mutilation, railed against the “lavish” lifestyle she said Jammeh enjoyed while ruling one of Africa’s poorest nations, and accused him of sowing division between communities. Jammeh is expected to win a fifth-term at the helm of the poor West African nation in the December election. “(Jammeh’s) style is not only flamboyant and lavish, but gross,” Touray told a press conference announcing her candidacy. “It is time for him to go.” She said she would stand as an independent candidate in the polls, and would “steer the Gambia towards a direction that will enable it to respond to the needs and aspirations of the people”, by focusing on welcoming back…