The Republic of The Gambia is the smallest nation in continental Africa, its borders reflecting the British colonial possession of the area surrounding the Gambia River in the midst of otherwise French-controlled West Africa. One of the poorest countries in the world, the majority (90 percent) of its 1.7 million people are Muslims, with the remainder following Christian denominations or indigenous religions.

Women constitute 70 percent of the agricultural workforce and are responsible for most of the food production. However, their access to training and the means of production is limited, and women have few rights to land ownership. Women make up 4.9 percent of the qualified workforce and 61.9 percent of the unqualified workforce.

The 1997 Constitution confers women with equal rights to men and prohibits ...

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