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Is The Gambia ready for a female president: potential candidates?
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Is The Gambia ready for a female president: potential candidates?

The question whether The Gambia is ready for a female presidential candidate is surfacing again as the country prepares to go to the polls in December to elect a president.

Below What’s On-Gambia brings you women that we think are capable of occupying the highest seat of public office in the country.

Starting with women that are actively involved in the fight for gender equality, two of them stand out: Dr. Isatou Touray and Dr. Siga Fatima Jagne. Each of them have a long list of accomplishments, and popular among women circles in the country.

Another competent woman is Fatou Jaw Manneh. Based in the USA, she is undoubtedly one of the most respected women in the so called ‘struggle’.  Fatou Jaw was once arrested and charged with sedition for publishing articles critical of the Jammeh government.

Some Gambians prefer women with political experience and that is where Bajen Sosseh has an edge. She contested as an independent candidate in the 2001 National Assembly Elections against APRC’s Hon. Fabakary Tombong Jatta.  To the surprise of many, it was a tight race that sparked tensions between supporters.   

Justice Mam Yassin Seyis also competent enough to lead the country. She was among the first female judges of the Gambian High Court. Now on international appointment, Justice Sey resigned from the Gambian judiciary in protest over government interference in her work.

Other names include former education minister, Therese Ndong Jatta, who now works with UNESCO and Mam Yassin Sarr, one of the most eloquent student leaders ever produced by the country.

While none of these women are registered members of any political party, it’s obvious that they have the potentials to break through the glass ceiling. As explained by Amie Bojang Sissoho in an article published online, the participation of women in Gambian politics is becoming increasingly necessary.


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