|GYIN-Gambia secretary, Meita Touray|
She is invited by the organisers, Global Greens to attend the 3rd Congress, the first held in Africa, in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, from March 29-April 1, 2012. The 1st and 2nd congresses were held in Canberra, Australia, in 2001 and Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 2008.
The congress is hosted by the Fédération Démocratique des Ecologistes du Sénégal (FEDES) in partnership with the African Green Federation and the Global Greens Coordination. It is aims to enhance and empower the network between young green activists and organisations around the world; work on a green vision and an action plan for GYG network; exchange green skills and discuss cooperatives for poverty eradication, education and health for all, youth grassroots training and women empowerment in Africa.
A statement from GYIN-Gambia confirms Ms Touray’s participation. “As a delegate representing GYIN-Gambia, she will have the opportunity to participate in decision making during the General Assembly,” the statement said.
“The Global Greens congress is being held in Africa, a continent that exemplifies both the hope and the challenge of the many pressing issues facing the world,” said Ms Touray, who added: “There will be an opportunity to pass proposals, action plans and elect a new Steering Committee.”
According to her, the Global Greens Congresses are exhilarating, empowering and vital. It bring together people all over the Green world with different cultures, diverse histories and many languages but united by a sense of global citizenship and committed to common political values and ideals.
The congress also have on its agenda the push for real democracy flowering in north Africa, the need for fundamental economic reform and a Green New Deal, climate change and energy, and the safeguarding of life itself - the world's biodiversity, especially in marine environments.
On the sidelines of the congress, is a gender seminar which has three concrete objectives - an introduction to gender with a focus on different background and best-practices; networking; and awareness raising.
This session targets young political activists from all countries who are already active in their respective networks or interested in the topic. GYIN-Gambia secretary, who will be partaking in this session said they will be introduced to sexual and reproductive rights, sexual violence and conflict, raise your voice using the social media, interactive space and study visit to a women's shelter in Dakar.
Author: Modou S. Joof
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