Dr. Isatou Touray
Former Gambian Vice President and GAMCOTRAP Executive Director
By Landing Ceesay
Former Gambian Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray announced her return to GAMCOTRAP as the Executive Director.
“I am pleased to say that I am back to my advocacy. I am back as Executive Director of GAMCOTRAP and I am here to work with both men and women. We are looking carefully and reflecting on the issues and we appreciate the effort of the United Nations. They have been very catalytic, they have been facilitating, and they have been objectively engaging on both sides within the civil society organisations and the government agencies,” Dr Touray said.
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She thinks people have to look at ways and means of how they change the perceptions towards women in society.
Dr Touray said she would engage, and support the work on the ground to improve the perception of women through social mobilisation, advocacy, reaching out to the grassroots and also focusing on young people in The Gambia.
“Young people are the leaders today and leaders tomorrow. What needs to be done is to have a non-discriminatory society. Where people would not say this is a woman and this is a man thing. It is about the issues, not the gender that should matter. Because if you look at it both men and women have something good to bring to the table. It those qualities we should think about to make the world a better place.
“How can you move when 50% of the country’s population is not empowered to move with your vision. So these are critical issues that we should be reflecting on to support the government, to support the civil society organisations and also to engage my organisation that I founded and was very instrumental in mobilising the young, the women and those who believe in the reason we came out to effect democracy into the country,” Dr Touray said.
The former Gambian Vice President made these on Tuesday at a press conference organised by the United Nations (UN) in promoting women’s leadership in politics.
Touray was the Executive Director of organisation before replacing Ousainu Darboe as Vice President.