Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang has been named as the new vice president of The Gambia in the government of President Adama Barrow.
She had also worked with the United Nations Development Programme as a gender and development expert.
Madam Tambajang has been instrumental in successfully bringing the fragmented opposition parties to come together to form a formidable coalition to challenge the entrenched and veteran president, Yahya Jammeh.
She was later made the chairperson of the coalition, which eventually defeated Jammeh in the 1st December 2016 presidential election, bringing an abrupt end to Jammeh’s 22 years grip on power.
The new vice president was born on 22 October 1949 in Brikama. She was schooled in The Gambia, Senegal, and France.
She is a national female icon, mother of eight children and an award-winning UNDP-groomed development practitioner focused on gender mainstreaming.
During her work with UNDP and other international women rights NGOs, she had manned various leadership positions for more than 20 years including in challenging environments such as in war-torn Mano River and Great Lakes regions.
She is said to be a dynamic human rights defender, active in women’s and political activism in The Gambia.
She had chaired the Gambia National Women’s Council and represented it at the Gambia National Economic and Social Council for six years.
Author: Kaddijatou Jawo
Source: Picture: Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang
Source: Point Newspaper