Educating the Girl Child: How to Make STEM Education More Attractive to Girls

[By Mamudou Jallow] STEM as used in education refers to promoting the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of learning. Governments the world over have come to the realization that for them to guarantee the advancement of their countries and peoples, STEM education need to be prioritized. Here in the Gambia and across many […]

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Married Women as Sole Breadwinners of Their Families

[By Olimata Kah] The majority of Gambian mothers are just AMAZING! They not only wake up very early five times a week to get their kids ready for school, take care of the homes but also, WORK! Even though not all of them work in corner offices, they still have jobs. Most work as a […]

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The Second Chance: The Need for Programs Encouraging Young Mothers to Return to School

[By Mamudou Jallow] A society that is keen on diversity must promote its women. Promoting women means empowering them with the requisite knowledge and skills to help them succeed in life. This is crucial most especially in these challenging times we live in. This should be the agenda for the government and society in general. […]

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Real Men Don’t Do Chores: How Gender Bias Plays a Role in the Home

Gender bias is a phenomenon inherent in every society and the Gambia is no exception. Gambian society holds certain backward and limiting beliefs such as gender roles in high regard. Gender roles are a byproduct of patriarchy. Patriarchy, as we know, was set up to give men the upper hand while keeping women trapped in […]

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The “Osusu” Effect: How Gambian Women Support Each Other through the Osusu

[By Mamudou Jallow] For many decades now, Gambian women have been known to organize themselves in groups for the purpose of contributing money in pots for one of them to take. The frequency of the contributions may be daily, weekly or monthly  until all members get their pay. This is what is known as Osusu.   […]

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The Tech Defense: The Tools that Young Girls Need to Protect Themselves on Social Media

[By Olimata Kah] Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram are the most used social media platforms. I can say with the utmost confidence that when these applications were being created by their respective creators, they had no idea that their creations would be used for wicked purposes. These apps and sites were meant to bring together […]

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Full Interview Transcript: Fatou Kineh Ndow of the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College

[By Mamudou Jallow] Welcome to the maiden interview. BRIDGING GAPS ADVISORY: Hello Fatou Kineh Ndow, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the Bridging Gaps Advisory website. I am very confident that your story will serve as an inspiration for many young people, especially our young girls. Can you start by telling us about […]

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The Life of A Female Math Major: The Inspiring Story of Fatou Kineh Ndow, UTG Valedictorian and Ohio University Postgraduate

[By Mamudou Jallow] The wise will tell you that no one is destined to fail in life just because they were born without a silver spoon in their mouth. Bridging Gaps Advisory is pleased to launch its maiden “Profile of the Month” with the inspiring story of Fatou Kineh Ndow, the 2016 UTG valedictorian who […]

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Revisiting Gender Roles: The Need for Equitability when Sharing Household Chores Between Your Sons and Daughters

[By Mamudou Jallow] Most of us will agree that our children are gifts from God. Yet the way we treat these gifts vary significantly depending on their gender. This is especially so when it comes to sharing household chores between our children. In most of our homes, our sons are treated like princes, with hardly […]

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The First Move: Is Gambian Society Ready for Female Suitors?

[By Mamudou Jallow] Traditionally, we are used to a man asking for a woman’s hand in marriage. That is how it had happened in our society from the time of our forefathers to now, and we’ve grown to accept it as such. In the olden days, the man’s parents approached the woman’s parents on behalf […]

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