Two of The Gambia’s most prominent women in Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, former Vice President of The Gambia and Fatou Bom Bensouda, former Chief Prosecutor of the Hague-based International Criminal Court, have been named by Avance Media through its Project, ‘Be A Girl’ among 100 most influential African women.
The Avance Media said in a statement posted on its website: “In the quest of inspiring the next generation of women in Africa who are passionate about leading change and challenging the Status Quo, Avance Media through its girls’ empowerment project, Be A Girl, launches this annual publication to highlight and celebrate the astounding accomplishments of 100 women from Africa dubbed: 100 Most Influential African Women.
As a leading PR & Rating firm, Avance Media has been engaged in changing the narrative about Africans through rating and ranking publications, the publication added.
“We believe this project presents us another opportunity not only to celebrate Africans but showcase the individual and collective works of women who are earnestly inspiring the next generation of leaders in Africa.
Presented as a ranking of the 100 Most Influential African Women, this publication presents a summary of women who have climbed the corporate ladder, started their own businesses, or have been at the forefront of decision making both locally & internationally.”
The publication presents a key opportunity for these women to be inspired and also continue in their strides of setting global standards and records.
Reacting to the news, the Former Vice President told The Alkamba Times from her base in Banjul:
“I am pleased to share my recognition with all women around the world and wish them to work hard in solidarity to achieve their goals for gender justice and the inherent human progress. Experience has shown that no one can represent women more than themselves. Women must therefore believe in themselves, claim and protect their inalienable rights to equality in decision-making and development. They must also embrace the new age for women’s resolve to break the glass ceiling by maintaining their integrity, balancing life and applying their natural intuition and creative minds. I call on governments, especially African governments, to act smartly to utilize the proven talents and invaluable assets that women possess in order to achieve the overarching goals of the African and Social Development Agenda! God bless the new age for gender justice and human progress.”