Gambian Youth Leader speaks at Biden Democracy Youth Forum

Lala Touray

Young Gambian youth leader, women’s rights activist and Poet, Lala Touray is  among nine youth leaders across the world given the opportunity to speak at US President Joe Biden’s Democracy Summit in Washington DC.

Lala Touray engage with leaders across the world in Washington, D.C.

The two-day summit that started on Friday December 9th brings together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action.

Reacting to her participation in the high-level democracy forum, Lala Touray told Alkamba Times: ” I feel very honored to be given this opportunity to represent my country at such a high-level platform. This creates an opportunity for me to add my voice to strengthen my country’s ties to the United States.”

Lala remind world leaders that: “Africa has the youngest population in the world and it is clear that African youth are key to democratic reform. As such, the United States should partner with African nations to tap into the potential of young people on the continent.”

The days Youth Town hall meeting where young leaders engaged with issues challenging democratic advances, was presided by the Ambasador Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US Ambasador to UN.

Since coming to power in 2021, the Biden-Harris Administration has made clear its intention to renew democracy in the United States and around the world as an essential to meeting the unprecedented challenges of our time.

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Sainey M.K. Marenah
Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.


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