We are going to hold the new government accountable, we are not going to wait until when we can’t openly express ourselves any more
Anna Jones is the National Network Coordinator for WANEP (West African Network For Peacebuilding) in the Gambia. The organisation, founded in 2003, works to strengthen democracy, prevent conflict, and increase youth and women’s participation in peacebuilding and decision-making.
During the recent presidential elections, in December 2016, Anna and her organisation played a crucial role. WANEP deployed around 150 people to observe the electoral process, and their presence helped validate the results of the elections. WANEP also organises trainings for and capacity-building sessions for women, to build their confidence and support those who want to run for public office.