EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Three-day international consultation on Islam and family well-being which held from 21st to 23rd November, has ended in Banjul.
The event attracted a total number of 500 religious leaders across The Gambia, West and Central Africa; including female Islamic scholars, Traditional leaders and The Gambia Christian Council.
Academics, survivors, civil society members including young people has participated in the event and actively contributed in the re-shaping of the future of girls in the Gambia.
Renowned Islamic religious leaders and scholars, as well as subject matter experts from The Gambia, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Chad and Egypt, were the speakers during the event.
Relevant topics were treated by various speakers, which included the vice president of The Gambia Madam Fatoumata Jallow -Tambajang who talked on the necessity of investments in women and girls and government priorities.
Quoting from the Holy Qur’an, Madam Jallow-Tambang said woman and girls should be treated equally with men. She said Islam came and found women and girls in a very stigmatic situation which it eliminated.
She also highlighted the importance of education, saying it is key to human life; therefore girls has the constitutional right to be educated.
Vice President Jallow-Tambajang stressed that in order to benefit the resources “we” have in Africa, we must seek knowledge.
She further stated that Education brings about discipline; saying young should be thought about their religion. “Most of our young people don’t know the teachings of their religion”.