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‘Women everywhere are playing critical roles in building homes’- UN Resident Coordinator

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The United Nations Resident Coordinator to the Gambia, Seraphine Wakana, has stated that women everywhere are playing critical roles in building homes, communities and nations and must be recognised for their contributions and true potential.

She said during the COVID-19 pandemic, the fundamental role women played in protecting the health and livelihoods of families became evident.

"From groundbreaking research that led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostic test kits to emergency response work in health facilities, homes and schools, women are always present and ready to save lives and rebuild hope,” Ms. Wakana said in a statement marking International Women’s Day on Wednesday.

She emphasised that the day is an important occasion to celebrate the incredible contribution of women to society and a reminder of the challenges they face to access quality education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.

“Today and every day, we need to advocate for a more gender equal society and strengthen partnerships to support the rights of every woman and girl,” she noted.

Ms. Wakana said this theme for this year’s celebration, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” challenges all to stand up for equal rights and opportunities for women and men as a guarantee for a future where every girl and boy can grow and reach their full potential.

"It also encourages us to work together with women and girls and push policymakers to address the climate crisis, develop green jobs and build a more just and sustainable world,” she said.

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