TYW’s Jama Jack Named 100 Most Influential Young Africans

Exciting news!

Our Communications Supervisor, Jama Jack, made the inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans, curated by the Africa Youth Awards, a continental recognition of outstanding young leaders in various fields.

Jama is recognised for her long years of experience in youth work, and her demonstrated record of service to community. She leads the Think Young Women Communications team, and has contributed greatly to building our brand and leading innovation for results.

This one is for us all at Think Young Women and we are immensely proud of Jama and her well-deserved recognition.

TYW Admin Officer in South Korea for 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED

Our Administrative Officer, Sainabou Nyang, is one of 45 youth leaders from across the world selected to attend the 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Busan, South Korea.

The workshop provides “a global platform for youth to share and discuss how they can contribute to building a more equal, just, prosperous and peaceful world by leading, advocating for and monitoring the successful achievement of Target 4.7.”

Sainabou is contributing to the development of effective leadership strategies for GCED and advocacy, as well as collaborative action plans. While doing all this, she is proudly sharing her culture with fellow participants and learning from them too. What better way to advance a true global citizenship agenda?

We at Think Young Women are immensely proud of Sainabou!

TYW Obtains British Embassy Bilateral Programme Fund For Projects on Gender-Based Violence

Think Young Women recently secured funding from the British Embassy in The Gambia through its Bilateral Programme Fund (BPF). The BPF is the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Offices (FCO) dedicated fund that supporting posts priorities overseas.

The 2016-17 Fund focuses on four key areas including “human rights issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, Female Participation, Human rights and extremism, LGBT issues”, which cover aspects of the work being done by Think Young Women. The selected project will focus specifically on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), as an umbrella for practices that affect the lives of girls and young women in The Gambia.

TYW Programme Manager Mariatou Newlands, with British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Gregor O'Gorman at sigining of the contract.
TYW Programme Manager Mariatou Newlands, with British Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Gregor O’Gorman at signing of the contract.

Through this collaboration, TYW seeks to create a platform where girls, young and older women will have the opportunity to engage in conversations on GBV, how the different generations encounter this injustice and what can be done to help bring an end to it in their communities. Intergenerational dialogue on such issues are not commonplace in The Gambia due to various reasons, and often linked to cultural norms and values which consider them as taboo topics.

The project, therefore, aims to close the intergenerational gap between these groups of women, foster a better understanding, and create a culture of exchange and collaboration in efforts to protect girls and women from GBV. This component targets 50 girls and women from the Greater Banjul Area.

TYW will also engage 30  girls and young women who have no formal education or have not been able to complete secondary schooling. This group of women is rarely a target for such initiatives, despite being at great risk of GBV and its effects. Their exposure to GBV within a context of human rights, as well as their physical and emotional well-being can help in alleviating the risk of falling victim to the injustice, while creating opportunities for empowerment at various levels. The project will include trainings for the participants to know their rights and demand that these are respected and fulfilled, by having a say in all issues affecting them and being involved in the decision-making processes at home and in their communities.

With relevant evidence on the role of the media in shifting perceptions and influencing behavioral change, TYW will leverage on the opportunities presented by the existing platforms to ensure a wider reach. A series of radio shows will be aired during the course of the project, in a bid to engage the wider public on issues relevant to gender-based violence and means of curbing its alarming prevalence in our communities. Other communication materials will also be developed, featuring striking messages on GBV and the need to ensure the protection of girls and women.

The project is expected to run from July to December 2016.


Call for Consultant to Develop the Manual for the TYW Girls’ Mentorship Program

Program Description

The Girls’ Mentorship Program is an initiative of Think Young Women targeting girls and young women in The Gambia.  The mentorship program will be a 3 months programme where 60 girls from 3 Junior Secondary Schools (20 girls from each school) within Greater Banjul Area. The  girls will receive training and participate in workshops on the importance of personal hygiene and building strong interpersonal skills. The girls will also be equipped with life-skills and basic human rights knowledge, especially knowledge on Gender-Based Violence with a specific focus on harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriages, as well as on key life skills such as decision making, career counseling, emotional management among many others. The programme will be managed by mentors, drawn from the TYW membership, who will hold weekly mentorship sessions with the mentees.


The objectives of the Girls’ Mentorship Program are:

  1. Equip the girls with interpersonal skills to deal with life issues
  2. Encourage dialogue and trust among girls
  3. Nurture the spirit of sisterhood and leadership among young girls
  4. Increase their knowledge on FGM and other GBV related issues
  5. Train mentees to handle all mentorship activities in the name of TYW
  6. Provide mentees with skills they need in their day to day lives
  7. Create a network of vibrant young girls who have self-esteem, are assertive, have good communication skills and can make informed decisions

Expected Outcomes

  1. 60 students (girls) from 3 Junior Secondary Schools within Greater Banjul Area (GBA) in each batch, mentored on importance of personal hygiene, increased interpersonal skills, and equipped with life-skills and basic human rights knowledge especially on FGM
  2. Trained mentors will handle all future Mentorship programs in the name of TYW

Scope of the Consultancy

The duties and responsibilities of the consultant are as follows:

  1. To identify keys topic relevant to the program
  2. Design and produce a manual that will guide the facilitation of the mentorship program, highlighting the key topics of the program
  3. Provide and submit the final manual


  1. A mentorship manual designed to guide a team of at least five (5) mentors to in the program

Location of the assignment

The Gambia

Duration and timing

The consultancy is for a duration of 2 weeks, after which the manual would have been completed and submitted.


Interested individuals should submit a cover letter declaring interest in the consultancy, along with their CVs to thinkyoungwomen@gmail.com or submit hardcopies at our office on the following address:

 1st Floor, Manjonka House
Jimpex Road (Opposite NEA)

For further information please call the following numbers:

(+220) 7500720
(+220) 3700205
(+220) 2662128


  1. All applications should be sent or submitted on or before the 17th June, 2016.