A steadfast advocate for women’s rights for over two decades, she is currently the Minister of Women’s Affairs and Overseer of Vice President’s Office. Affectionately called “ The Mother of The Gambian Political Struggle” in some circles, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang was instrumental in galvanizing the opposition coalition that brought the much- publicised election defeat of Gambia’s long-term leader Yayha Jammeh.
In 2016, she was appointed mediator to engage and bring together the country’s opposition parties, in which she also championed the creation of a credible gender-balanced opposition coalition for the December 2016 National Elections. Her courageousness in unifying the opposition parties against the strongman and now exiled former President Jammeh, was one of the biggest stories of 2016, a feat that saw regime the election win of President Adama Barrow.
Mrs Jallow Tambajang also served as an adviser on women and children affairs to the First President of The Gambia, Dawada Jawara. She has also chaired
the Gambia National Women’s Council and represented it at the Gambia National Economic and Social Council for six years . In her role she helped strengthen the National Council and Women’s Bureau and many key women NGOs in The Gambia, advocating, against all odds, for women’s rights and empowerment, more so in entrepreneurship, basic education and maternal health. She was key in getting the bill against Child Marriage adopted by the Gambian parliament and and later a total ban by the then President Jammeh.
Always vocal about women’s involvement in Gambian politics, she has also served as Secretary of State (SoS) in Health, Social Welfare and Women’s Affairs, helping initiate reforms on and gender parity.
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