Constitution

PREAMBLE

The Members of the Network against Gender Based Violence

Noting   that   The   Gambia   has   ratified   regional   and   international   legal instruments,  such  as  the  Convention  on  the  Elimination  of  all  forms  of Discrimination  Against  Women  and  the  Additional  Protocol  to  the  African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa which guarantee the rights and dignity of women and girls;

Noting that The Gambia has enacted a Women’s Act 2010 which provides for the protection of women and girls from all forms of Gender Based Violence in private or public spheres;

Encouraged by the commitment and efforts of the Government to alleviate the economic situation of women and ensure the equal rights of men and women to enjoy all the rights accorded to them by the 1997 Constitution of The Gambia;

Aware of the fact that despite the existence of legal instruments, women and girls continue to be victims of Gender Based Violence in both public and private spheres; Concerned   about  the  limited  availability  of  support  services,  including psychosocial support, for victims of Gender Based Violence;

Recalling that Gender Based Violence has devastating consequences for victims and survivors, in the short and long term,   hampers the productivity of women in development  efforts  and  violates  the  rights  of  women  and  girls  to  dignity, security, protection and bodily integrity;
Recognising  the  importance  of  partnership  and  collaboration  between  the Government, UN agencies and Civil Society Organisations in combating Gender Based  Violence  and  building  a  more  protecting,  violent-free  environment  for women and children;

Believing  that the elimination of Gender Based Violence will be facilitated by adopting a holistic approach addressing the contributing factors that engender Gender Based Violence;


Believing that efforts to raise public awareness, improve law enforcement, build capacity of professionals and provide services are needed to prevent Gender Based Violence and protect victims and those at risk;

Conscious  of  the  important  role  of  men  and  boys  in  ending  Gender  Based Violence;

Convinced that the development of The Gambia and the harmonious development of  children  will  require  the  elimination  of  Gender  Based  Violence  and  the maximum  participation  of  women  on  equal  terms  with  men  in  all  areas  and sectors;

Do hereby agree, enact and adopt this Constitution:


VISION STATEMENT

A safe, supporting, protecting and violent-free Gambia for every woman and child.

MISSION STATEMENT

Protect  women  and  children  from  gender-based  violence  either  in  public  or private spheres by building the capacity of service providers and institutions, raising  public  awareness  and  advocacy  for  the  review,  enactment  and implementation of gender-friendly and sensitive laws and policies.

CORE VALUES

•   Accountability and   transparency
•   Gender equality and equal opportunities. •   Social justice and good governance.


ARTICLE 1   INTERPRETATIONS

In this Constitution, unless the context otherwise requires-

“The Act” means the Companies Act, 1955 as amended in 1990

“Network” means the members of the Network Against Gender Based Violence
“Co-ordinator’ means the Coordinator of the Network or any other person appointed to perform the duties of the Coordinator of the Network.
“Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Network’s Board of Directors “Secretariat” means the administrative organ of the Network

1.1     Expressions  referring  to  writing  shall,  unless  the  contrary  intention
appears, be construed as including references to printing, lithography, photography,  other  modes  of  representing  or  reproducing  words  in  a visible form.

1.2     Unless the context otherwise requires, words or expressions contained in
this  Constitution  shall  bear  the  same  meaning  as  in  the  Act  or  any statutory  modification  thereof  in  force  at  the  date  at  which  these Articles become binding on the Network.


ARTICLE 2
NAME AND LOCATION

2.1     The  Network  established  by  this  Constitution  shall  be  called  “The
Network against Gender Based Violence” herein called NGBV.

2.2    The  Network’s  Secretariat  shall  be  headquartered  in  the  Kanifing
Municipality in The Gambia.


ARTICLE 3
LEGAL STATUS

The Network shall possess full juridical personality and in particular to:

3.1    Acquire, hold and dispose of movable and immovable property.

3.2    Institute and defend legal proceedings.

3.3    Do all such things connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

ARTICLE 4
OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Network shall include:

4.1 Raising awareness on national and international legal frameworks and policies
    to reduce Gender Based Violence in homes, communities and schools in The
    Gambia;

4.2 Advocating for the enforcement and implementation of gender-friendly laws
    and policies and creation of structures for better and effective treatment
    of Gender Based Violence victims and survivors;
4.3 Holding   private,   public   and   civil   society   institutions   and   individuals
    accountable for the    enforcement and implementation of gender laws and
    policies;
4.4 Working with men, boys and other traditional gatekeepers and leaders to
    ensure a more equal, gender-friendly, violent-free environment for women
    and girls;
4.5   Enhancing the capacity of professionals working with women and children,
    law enforcers and judicial officers to adequately and properly address the
    needs and rights of victims of Gender Based Violence;
4.6 Supporting  and  strengthening  local  or  community  structures  to  combat
    Gender Based Violence at the local level;


ARTICLE 5
MEMBERSHIP AND SCOPE

NGBV shall be a national organisation with membership open to individuals and  institutions  as  well  as  development  partners  working  in  the  field  of gender and empowerment of women and girls.

ARTICLE 6
CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall comprise the following categories:

i.    Full Membership
ii.    Associate or Affiliate Membership
iii.    Honorary Membership

ARTICLE 7
FULL MEMBERSHIP

1.  Full Membership of the Network shall be open to:
a.  Duly registered Civil Society Organisations in The Gambia that
    are working for or with women and children;

b.  Interested individuals with a good and known track record for
working with women and children in any capacity. Individuals who have been convicted for violence against women and children in any form shall not qualify for membership;
2.  Full members shall have the right to vote and be voted for in the General
    Assembly.


ARTICLE 8
APPLICATION FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP

i.     An  organisation  or  individual  that  wants  to  become  a  member  of  the
Network  shall  fill  the  prescribed  application  form  and  send  it  to  the Coordinator of the Network;

ii.    Upon receipt of the application, the Executive Committee shall consider
such application within two months of such receipt.

iii.    Application for Full Membership shall be endorsed or rejected only by the
Executive Committee.

iv.    Membership  subscription  and  annual  fees  can  only  be  paid  after  a
member’s application has been approved and the member notified of this
approval.

v.     The  Secretariat  shall,  within  two  weeks,  inform  applicants  for  Full
 Membership of the status of their applications.

vi.     Rejected applicants may, within 30 days of notice of rejection, appeal to
the   Executive   Committee,   through   the   Secretariat,   against   such rejection.

vii.     Should the Executive Committee still uphold the rejection, and should the
applicant still want to appeal, they may do so to the General Assembly, through  the  Secretariat  and  provided  such  appeal  is  lodged  60  days before the General Assembly.

ARTICLE 9
ASSOCIATE/AFFILITATE MEMBERSHIP

Associate or Affiliate Membership shall be open to Government institutions
and Departments with statutory responsibility for the protection of women and children.

Associate or Affiliate Members:

i.    May participate in the General Assembly but shall have no voting rights
therein.

ii.    Shall  not  be  required  to  pay  membership  subscription  or  annual
membership fees.


ARTICLE 10
APPLICATION FOR ASSOCIATE/AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

To become an Associate member of the Network, prospective members shall fill
the prescribed application form and send it to the Coordinator of the Network.

ARTICLE 11
HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Honorary members of the Network:

(i)     May be eminent persons who shall be invited by unanimous decision of the
Executive Committee to become Honorary Patrons or Honorary Members.

(ii)    Shall be individuals willing to collaborate with the Network and shall serve
as Ambassador or Patron of the Network.

(iii)    May participate in the deliberations of the General Assembly but shall
not have any voting right.

(iv)    Shall not be required to pay membership or annual subscription fees.

ARTICLE 12
MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION AND ANNUAL FEES

i.     Organisations and Institutions with Full Membership status shall pay a
one-off Membership Registration fee of One Thousand Dalasis  (D1000) and an annual subscription fee of One Thousand Five Hundred Dalasis (D1500)

ii.     Individuals with Full Membership status shall pay a one-off Membership
registration  fee  of  Five  Hundred  Dalasis     (D500)  and  an  annual
subscription fee of Seven Hundred and Fifty Dalasis (D750)

iii.     (i) and (ii) notwithstanding, the General Assembly may, from time to time,
reverse  or  determine  the  annual  subscription  to  be  paid  according  to membership status


ARTICLE 13
STRUCTURE AND ORGANS

The following Organs shall constitute the Network against Gender Based Violence.

1.  A General Assembly (referred to as the Network Forum )

2.    The Executive Committee (referred to as Project Coordinating
Committee).

3.  The Secretariat

ARTICLE 14
COMPOSITION OF THE STRUCTURES OF THE NETWORK

1.  The  General  Assembly  shall  comprise  Government  institutions,  Non-
    Governmental Organisations, individuals and other development partners
    working in the area of gender equity and equality, women and children’s
    issues.

2.  The   Executive   Committee   shall   comprise   representatives   from
    Government and Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals working
    in the area of women and children’s issues.

3.  The National Secretariat shall be the administrative arm of the NGBV
    and shall be responsible for the day to day administrative affairs of the
    Network.

ARTICLE 15
FUNCTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The functions of the General Assembly shall include:

1.  Approval of general policies, projects and programmes of the Network.
2.  Election of Chairperson and Members of the Executive Committee.
3.  Examination and approval of Annual and all other reports of the Executive
    Committee.
4.  Examination and approval or rejection of Audit Reports conducted on the
    accounts, financial and programme activities of the Network.

ARTICLE 16
MEETINGS OF THE ASSEMBLY

1.  The  General  Assembly  shall  meet  once  every  year  and  may  convene
    extraordinary  meetings,  as  and  when  the  Executive  Committee  or  the
    Assembly deems it necessary.
2.  The  meetings  of  the  General  Assembly  shall  be  chaired  by  the
    Chairperson  of  the  Network  and  in  his/her  absence  by  the  Vice
    Chairperson or any member of the Executive Committee.
3.  The quorum for meetings of the General Assembly shall be one-third of
    members.

ARTICLE 17
COMPOSITION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


1.     The Executive Committee shall constitute the following:

a)    Chairperson
b)    Vice Chairperson
c)    Treasurer
d)    Representative of the Women’s Bureau
e)    Representative of the Department of Social Welfare
f)    Representative of the Gambia Police Force
g)    Other four members

2.    Members mentioned in (d), (e) and (f) shall have Observer Status without
any voting right in the Executive Committee.

3.    Individuals  with  Full  Membership  status  shall  not  be  elected  to  the
positions of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer. Such positions
shall   be   filled   by   only   Organisations   and   Institutions   with   Full
Membership status.

4.    The  Coordinator  shall  be  an  ex-officio  member  of  the  Executive
Committee and shall serve as its Secretary

ARTICLE 18
FUNCTIONS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall:

a)  Be responsible for governance issues

b)  Be responsible for the approval of the annual programme and budget of
    the Network.
c)  Hold regular quarterly meetings to discuss and deal with matters related
    to the affairs and functioning of the Network.

d)  Convene all ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly.

e)  Be answerable to the General Assembly.

f)  Provide technical support to the Secretariat as and when necessary.

18.1     The Quorum for meetings of the Executive Committee and for any Ad-
hoc,  Standing  or  Specialised  Committee  established  by  the  Executive Committee, shall be by two-thirds of the members.

ARTICLE 19
TERMS OF OFFICE FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Members of the Executive Committee may hold office for 2 years and can be eligible for a second and final term.


ARTICLE 20
COMPOSITION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SECRETARIAT

The Secretariat shall be the implementing arm of Network and be responsible for  the  day  to  day  administration  of  the  affairs  of  the  Network.  It  shall comprise the following:


a.    The National Coordinator
b.    Programme Officer(s)
c.    Administrative Secretary
d.    Accountant
e.    Support staff (driver/messenger, cleaner, security officer)

ARTICLE 21
FUNCTIONS OF THE NATIONAL COORDINATOR

The Coordinator shall:

a.  Serve as the Secretary to the Executive Committee

b.  Be the head of Secretariat and report to the Executive Committee

c.  Coordinate and supervise all the activities and functions of the
Secretariat and report to the Executive Committee and Secretariat.
d.  In consultation with the Chairperson of the Executive Committee convene
    meetings of the Executive Committee and General Assembly.

e.  Be responsible for the production of annual progress and activity reports.
f.  In consultation with and on the approval of the Executive Committee, sign
    contracts on behalf of the Network.

g.  Raise funds for the implementation of projects and programmes


ARTICLE 22
FUNCTIONS OF THE PROGRAMME OFFICER(S)

The Programme Officer(s) shall, among other duties, be responsible for the following:

a.  Management and coordination of all programme activities
b.  Supporting resource mobilisation and programme development
c.  Monitoring and evaluation
d.  Conducting and supervising research where necessary
e.  Coordinating the Network’s communications and advocacy
f.     Conducting capacity building

The Programme Officer(s) shall report to the Coordinator


ARTICLE 23
FUNCTIONS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY

The Administrative Secretary shall:

a)  Serves as Principal Assistant to the Coordinator

b)  Be responsible for administrative matters, general services handling and
    documentation of all correspondences,

c)  Supervise the functions of the support staff.

d)  Updating membership database

e)  Report to the National Coordinator

ARTICLE 24
FUNCTIONS OF THE ACCOUNTANT

The Accountant shall:

a.  Manage the finances of the Network

b.  Prepare  and  submit  quarterly  financial  reports  to  the  Executive
    Committee

c.  Prepare  financial  reports  of  activities  and  projects  and  ensure  timely
    submission to donors as per reporting schedules

d.  Review and update the accounting manual

e.  Facilitate external annual audit processes

f.  Report to the National Coordinator

ARTICLE 25
FINANCIAL SOURCES OF THE NETWROK

The Network may draw its financial and other resources from the following sources:
i.    Service contracts and grants from UN agencies, donor organisations and
the Government of the Gambia

ii.    Donations and legacies

iii.    Membership and annual subscription fees

iv.    Sale of Network publications and other materials,

v.    Revenues from events organised by the Network

vi.    Any other source of income recognised as lawful and permissible under,
the  Laws  of  The  Gambia  and  under  international  legal  systems  and Financial Regulations

ARTICLE 26
FORFEITURE OF MEMBERSHIP

a.  A Full Member of the Network shall forfeit membership if it or she/he
    fails to pay annual subscription for two consecutive years.

b.  Violations of the principles and spirit of this Constitution as determined
    by the Executive Committee

c.  Convictions for violence against women and children

ARTICLE 27
BANK ACCOUNT(S)

The NGBV shall open an account or accounts with any of the Banks / Financial Institutions currently operating in The Gambia or elsewhere, in accordance with the laws of The Gambia and the laws of the country where such an account is opened as well as with International banking Regulations.

ARTICLE 28
SIGNATORIES TO THE ACCOUNT(S)

The  National  Coordinator,  the  Chairperson  and  Treasurer  of  the  Executive Committee  shall be signatories to the Bank Accounts of NGBV and any two of the three officials may sign cheques of the Network’s Accounts.

ARTICLE 29
AUDITING OF THE ACCOUNTS


1.     The Executive Committee shall, at the end of every Financial Year, call
for the accounts and financial activities of the Network to be audited by  a  registered  audit  firm  appointed  or  identified  by  the  General Assembly. Such accounts shall be audited within three months after the end of the financial year.

2.    The accounts of the Network shall be audited according to accepted
international standards and principles.

3.    The  financial  year  of  the  Network  shall  run  from  January  to
December every year.


ARTICLE 30
DECISIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND THE
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

1.     In any meeting of the General Assembly, decisions shall be taken by
consensus or by a vote of the simple majority of members present.

2.    In any meeting of the Executive Committee, decisions shall be taken
by consensus or by a vote of the simple majority of members present
and voting.

3.     In  any  meeting  of  any  Committee  established  by  the  Executive
Committee  or  the  General  Assembly,  decision  shall  be  taken  by consensus or by a vote of the simple majority of the total number of members of the Committee concerned.

4.     The decision of the General Assembly on matters where there is a
consensus  that  they  are  within  the  legitimate  mandate  of  the Network, shall be binding on the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 31
REGISTRATION

This NGBV herein created shall be registered with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General’s Chambers as provided for under the provisions of the Companies’ Act 1955, amended in 1990, Laws of The Gambia as well as with the NGO Affairs Agency

ARTICLE 32
ENTRY INTO FORCE

This Constitution shall enter into force as soon as it is endorsed  either by consensus or by a vote of Two-Thirds  (2/3) majority of the total number of members present at the first meeting of the General Assembly.

ARTICLE 33
BY-LAWS

The Network shall make by-laws as and when necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the Network.

ARTICLE 34
AMENDMENTS
a)     Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by two-thirds of the
b)       Executive Committee or by any other member of the Network with the
     support or backing of two-thirds of the Network members.
 
c)     Draft  proposal  to  amend  this  constitution  shall  be  sent  to  the
    Coordinator no later than thirty (30) days before it is to be deliberated
    upon by the General Assembly.

d)    The Coordinator shall cause the said draft proposal to be an item on the
       agenda of the General Assembly.
e)     Subject  to  the  provisions  of  (a)  and  (b)  above,  an  amendment  to  the
       Constitution shall be endorsed by a consensus or by a vote of two-thirds
    (2/3) majority of members present and voting at such a General Assembly
    where the proposed amendment is discussed.

f)    No amendments may be made which would have the effect of making the
Network cease to exist.

ARTICLE 35
MISCELLANEOUS

a)    The  Executive  Committee  shall  have  the  powers  to  interpret  this
       Constitution, in part or in full.
b)     This Constitution shall be supreme in relation to all instruments and tools
        that are developed for the smooth running of the Network.

c)     Nothing  in  this  Constitution  shall  prevent  or  prohibit  members  from having or         developing their own constitutions.
d)     Where  any  part  or  provision  of  this  Constitution  is  found  to  be
    inconsistent with the provision of any existing law of The Gambia, that
    part  or  provision  of  this  Constitution  shall,  to  the  extent  of  the
    inconsistency, be void.


ARTICLE 36
DISSOLUTION

a)     Subject  to  the  provisions  of  any  law  in force  in  the  Republic  of  The
    Gambia, the Network shall be dissolved upon a resolution passed by four-
    fifths majority of the paid up members of the Network present at any
    General Assembly PROVIDED that the petition for the dissolution of the
    Network shall, prior to the meeting Assembly, be an item on the agenda
    of the said Assembly.

b)    The  dissolution  shall  take  effect    90  days  from  the  day  when  the
resolution is passed.
c)     The assets of the Network shall, upon the dissolution of the Network, be
    used to meet the Network’s debts and other financial obligations and the
    remaining  balance  shall  be  handed  over  to  a  charity  or  charitable
    Organization  as  may  be  agreed  upon  by  the  Network  prior  to  the
    dissolution.

d)    The Network’s income and property are not distributable to its members
or office bearers


ARTICLE 37
ADOPTION OF THE CONSTITUTION

This  Constitution  has  been  adopted  by  the  Network  at  its  first  General Assembly held in the NaNA Conference Hall on Saturday 14th April, 2012.

 

NAME

INSTITUTION

POSITION

SIGNATURE

Mr Njundu Drammeh

CPA

Chairperson

 

 

 

 

 

Tabu Sarr

TANGO

Vice Chairperson

 

 

 

 

 

Aja Maimuna Savage

SIC

Tresurer

 

 

 

 

 

Babucarr Ngum

INDIVIDUAL

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Oumie Sissokho

NSGA

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Aja Kasa Sanneh

Individual

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Rohey Yatta Sey Corr

Individual

Member

 

 

 

 

 

Kajali Sonko

Women’s Bereau

Observer

 

 

 

 

 

Fallu Sowe

Dept  of  Social Welfare

Observer

 

 

 

 

 

Sidy Saidykhan

GPF

Observer

 





 

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