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Published On: Tue, May 30th, 2023

UNFPA lunches GPI 2.0 Project

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in The Gambia on Friday officially launched the Gender Promotion Initiative (GPI) 2.0 project which aimed to enhance the institutional capacity of civil society organizations to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly in rural areas, and foster solidarity among civil society organizations. The GPI which is project under the Peace Building Fund (PBF).

The occasion converged various UN sister organizations and government officials among others, held at the African Princess Hotel in Kololi.

In her opening remarks, Ms. Seraphine Wakana, the UN resident coordinator in the Gambia stated that the PBF project on Strengthening Civil Society Organizations to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through the implementation of the Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and the TRRC White Paper Recommendations’

She stated that the United Nations through the peace building fund has and continues to demonstrate strong commitment to support the government, civil society organizations and peace building practitioners in the Gambia in efficiently contributing towards the country’s transition and reform agenda.

She showed recognition on the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Welfare’s crucial role, pointing out that the ministry will play in coordinating the project steering committee and providing oversight throughout the project’s duration

“The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will be leading the implementation of this timely project, which has received funding of $2.5 million. Over a period of 36 months, UNFPA, with the support of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), will work diligently to ensure the successful realization of project objectives,” she informed.

She advanced that the project will enhance the institutional capacity of civil society organizations to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, especially in rural areas, and augment solidarity among civil society organizations.

“This project will ensure the capacity of CSOs, especially women-led and women-focused organizations are enhanced and the Gambia National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and the GEWE aspects of the TRRC White Paper Recommendations are effectively implemented,” she noted.

She noted that the partnership between the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare and UNCT signifies a strong commitment to advancing gender equality, empowering women, and improving the lives of children and vulnerable groups.

She added that collectively, they aim to address the pressing challenges and promote sustainable development in the areas of gender, children’s rights, and social welfare.

The project will enhance the institutional capacity of civil society organizations to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, especially in rural areas, and augment solidarity among civil society organizations.

UNFPA Country representative, Ndeye Rose Sarr noted that the project is utmost significance in their collective efforts to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the Gambia.

She urged all CSOs to work in synergy to make great impact across communities as they work towards the advancement of women.

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