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Empowering Women at Sene-Gambia Border with Biometric Identity Cards

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Mpack Border Enbic
Mpack Border Enbic

In a collaborative effort between the ECOWAS Commission and the German cooperation (GIZ), a drive to empower women groups in border communities has been initiated.

The aim is to enhance accessibility and acceptability of the ECOWAS National Biometric Identity Card (ENBIC), easing mobility and trade within the region.

The pilot phase of this initiative took place at the Sene-Gambia Zone, focusing on women at the Mpack border (Senegal – Guinea-Bissau). Mr. Albert Siaw-Boateng, representing the Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture, emphasized the importance of intra-service cooperation among border security agencies. He also highlighted the need for implementing the decision to abolish the 90-day stay limitation and residence permit for Community Citizens.

Mpack Border Enbic
Mpack Border Enbic

During engagements with border operatives and women’s group representatives, the delegation addressed challenges faced by women at borders. They also facilitated the issuance of the ECOWAS National Biometric Card to these groups, aiming to reduce harassment and enhance mobility for vulnerable individuals at the borders.

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