Gambia

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Under article 28 of the 1997 Constitution (amended in 2002), women in Gambia are accorded equal rights with men.[1] Gambia ratified the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1993 but has not ratified the Optional Protocol on violence against women.[2]The country has also ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.[3] A National Policy for the Advancement of Women was put in place in 1999, and the National Women’s Council advises the government on all matters pertaining to women’s rights.[4]The 2010-2020 National Gender and Women Empowerment Policy was recently approved by the cabinet and focuses on the critical areas of concern as outlined by the Beijing Platform for Action, including poverty reduction, women’s empowerment, education, and human rights and governance, among others.[5]


[1] Constitution of the Republic of the Gambia (1997 [2002])[2] United Nations Human Rights (n.d.) [3] African Union (2010) [4] CEDAW (2003), pp. 12, 8 [5] African Development Bank (2011), p. 10
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