What is the “Never Again” Campaign?
Thus to complement the formal work of the Commission which is yet to begin, we have initiated a process of ongoing civic engagement and dialogue that will give ownership of the TRRC process to the Gambian public in order to actualize the “never again” aspect of the TRRC mandate. In this spirit the TRRC Secretariat is actively reaching out and talking to Gambian civil society organizations, religious communities, schools, local communities and international bodies on how best to conduct a national conversation on popular empowerment that will continue after the TRRC wraps up.
TOWN HALLS & COMMUNITY DIALOGUES
Town halls are community conversations with the TRRC open to all citizens. Gambians from all walks of life are welcome and encouraged to share their hopes, concerns and perspectives on the our recent past and our collective efforts to shape a better future.
These public meetings are an opportunity for Gambians of all ages, genders, backgrounds, ethnicities and diversities to shape the truth commission in its goals, operations and outcomes. Add your voice to the national conversation that promises “Never Again” in The Gambia.
TRRC strives to be a space for the advancement of women and their human rights. As the fabric holding Gambian families and communities together, women should play a central role shaping the impacts and legacy of the TRRC. We are committed to engaging women in meaningful ways throughout the life of the TRRC.
The legacies of authoritarianism continue in both subtle and explicit ways to exclude and oppress women. In addition to documenting specific human rights violations committed against women and girls, the TRRC provides a unique opportunity to understand the root causes of inequality and exclusion. The Commission includes a Gender Sensitive Committee. This will be complimented with a strategy to integrate gender into the daily work of the commission across all sections.
Why have a special focus on women at the TRRC?
Women tend to talk about what happened to their sons and husbands, but not about their own experiences. Yet women disproportionately carry the burden of caring for children, elderly, injured or imprisoned in the wake of human rights violations. The social and economic consequences of human rights violations are an ongoing form of suffering that disproportionately affects women. This burden on women is an ongoing source of much suffering and sacrifice that is important to understanding the truth about Gambia’s past and to build a better future.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
The TRRC is committed to taking proactive measures that will ensure children and youth are involved as leaders and decision makers in every stage of its operations. Children and youth will be the future of the country and yet they are often not heard in decision-making about that future. At the TRRC, we consider children, students and youth a crucial part of Gambian society and know their energy and creativity are essential to ensuring Gambia will “Never Again” experience what the generation before them ensured.
In November 2017, MoJ, MoBSE, UNICEF, National Youth Council and Child Protection Alliance embarked on a nationwide awareness tour to sensitise children and youth on their fundamental rights and the importance of their participative role in the transitional justice process.
1500 children and youth were reached across the country. This was the opportunity for children to learn about the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, to share their past experiences and expectations for the future. To engage them in the development of the country, 33 students were elected by their peers to be the voices of their communities and participate in the following-up activities on transitional justice.
These young leaders now for the Children’s Network for Transitional Justice. Expect to meet them soon in your local schools and communities