Lunching of The One Stop Center

LAUNCHING OF THE ONE-STOP CENTER FOR SURVIVORS OF GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN THE GAMBIA, 28th AUGUST 2013 AT THE SHELTER FOR CHHILDREN, BAKOTEH

As stated in the Concept Note, one of the best-known good practices in service provision is bringing together services in one location, often called “One-Stop Center.” On the 28th of August the One – Stop Center was launched by the Honourable Fatou Mbaye, Deputy Speaker and Chairperson of the Women’s Council of The Gambia at the Shelter for Children, Bakoteh. In her launching statement, Hon. Mbaye welcomed the initiative, thanked those who contributed to it and called for support for its sustenance. Other speakers during the launching include Madam Fanta Bai Secka, Director of Social Welfare, Mr. Njundu Drammeh Chairperson of the Network against Gender based Violence, Mrs. Haddy Mboge-Barrow, Coordinator of the Network and Mrs. Jainaba Nyang-Njie representing ActionAid International The Gambia. They all welcomed the initiative and renewed their organisations’ commitment to combat gender based violence in The Gambia.

 

The center will be an inter-agency unit for victims/survivors of gender based violence especially domestic and sexual violence.  The advantage of the ‘One Stop Center’ is the availability of all the necessary services ‘under one roof’- patients would not have to travel from one service point or provider to another. It helps to minimize the further re-traumatisation of victims who could be subject to multiple interviews. Patients’ confidence in the response systems would increase and reporting of cases may increase as a result. The members in the Centre would develop formal procedures and protocols. Accurate and comprehensive data and other documentation that are crucial in monitoring and enhancing accountability and effective responses would be available.

 

The key players who would be available at the ‘One-Stop Center’ are trained Social Workers from the Department of Social Welfare, Health Workers from the Ministry of Health, Lawyers from FLAG and NALA, and Plain Cloth Police Child Welfare and Gender Officers. Other institutions that would play leading role in the functioning of the One-Stop Center are the Women’s Bureau, the Judiciary, the Network and both the Supreme Islamic Council and the Christian Council who would assist in providing spiritual counseling for those clients who may need it. These players, by virtue of their key functions, have fundamental and crucial roles in ensuring survivors of Gender Based Violence have the requisite support they require.


    

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