Vice President of The Gambia and UNICEF The Gambia Representative discuss joint efforts to advance child rights in the country during their first bilateral meeting.

H.E Muhammed B.S. Jallow and Ms. Nafisa Binte Shafique met at State House on 20 December 2023.

21 December 2023
UNICEF Representative and Vice President of The Gambia pose for a photo after a meeting.
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Banjul, 20 December 2023 – The Vice President of The Gambia H.E Muhammed B.S. Jallow and UNICEF The Gambia Representative Ms. Nafisa Binte Shafique discussed extensively joint efforts to support and promote the rights of all children in The Gambia during their first bilateral meeting. The two met at State House on 20 December 2023, barely three weeks since the UNICEF Representative assumed her post in The Gambia on 1 December 2023.

The Vice President, H.E Muhammed B.S. Jallow, welcomed Ms. Nafisa Binte Shafique to The Gambia and commended UNICEF for its strong work for children, adolescents, and women in The Gambia. He assured her of government’s continued support and collaboration in the advancement and realization of the rights of every child in The Gambia, particularly the most marginalized.

The Vice President also updated Ms Shafique on the recently launched national social protection data registry, which he said is expected to register everyone by end of January 2024. He also underscored the importance of data and evidence generation for better planning and assured that the government will continue to deliver for every child.

The UNICEF Representative, Ms. Nafisa Binte Shafique expressed gratitude to the Government of The Gambia for the strong partnership and invaluable support provided to UNICEF in the country. She commended the government for the huge strides registered for children and women in recent years and assured of UNICEF’s continuous support to the fulfilment of the rights of every child.

Ms. Shafique informed the Vice President that the new UNICEF Country Program Document (CPD 2024-2028) will take effect early next year and that it is fully in line with the goals and aspirations of the Green Recovery-focused National Development Plan of The Gambia 2023-2027.

She also said The Gambia has made significant efforts and is on track to becoming the first sub-Saharan African open defecation free country and urged the government to create the conditions for a collective movement and support national efforts to end the practice.

She encouraged the Government of The Gambia to do more to improve access to quality education for every child, especially foundational literacy and numeracy, provide adolescent girls and boys with 21st century skills and sustainable livelihood opportunities, and protect children and adolescents, especially girls, from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation.  

Ms. Shafique advocated with the Vice President for increased allocation of national resources to maternal and child nutrition, education, healthcare as well as for a comprehensive child-responsive social protection program to ensure that no child is left behind and for a prosperous Gambia.

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