Together we can
make a difference!

 
 

Together we can
make a difference!

 
 

Together we can
make a difference!

 
 

Together we can
make a difference!

"The creation of WAVE was deemed necessary with the stark realization that women’s voices, especially that of women victims, are not adequately heard and their informed opinions not always considered...."

Welcome to the homepage of WAVE – Women’s Association for Victims’ Empowerment.

WAVE was formed in mid-2019 responding to calls from women victims of human rights violations and abuses in The Gambia, who lamented that women’s voices, especially that of women victims, are not often considered with the weight they should be.

Women and girls in rural areas, particularly, highlight a pervasive patriarchal social system as well as cultural and traditional norms which stifle gains to achieve gender equality and the full realisation of individual rights and freedoms.

Areas of interventions and engagements include human rights promotion; raising awareness; rights-based education and capacity building; research and advocacy; women’s empowerment programs; supporting victims and marginalized women and girls on transitional justice and related areas.

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Background

Under the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh, former president of The Gambia (from 1994-2016) who took over the country following a coup, The Gambia witnessed unprecedented human rights violations and abuses against women, men, boys and girls. These included extrajudicial killings, disappearances, sexual violence, arbitrary arrests and detention as well as indiscriminate and illegal use of force.

Other human rights violations concern corruption and embezzlements of public funds and property expropriation, forced labor, and forceful arrests and incommunicado detentions. Reports of denial of appropriate HIV treatment and forced ‘purging’ under witch-hunt campaigns, sometimes resulting in death, were widespread.

Your support is critical in helping to offer women and girls a safe place where they can meet and interact freely and be empowered with skills and resources to make them agents of change in matters that are important to their lives.

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