Women PeaceMaker Profile

Yamoundow Jagne Joof

The Gambia, Africa

Yamoundow Jagne Joof knows firsthand the need for women’s full participation in peace and security decision-making. Jange has been a police officer in The Gambia Police Force since 1984, and was the first female officer to head the Gender and Child Protection Unit. She is the regional gender and child welfare office for the Kanifing Region, the most densely populated area in The Gambia. She joined the force to be a “part of the systems or structure that will protect and promote the welfare of [the] vulnerable and less privileged.” In her work she often liaises with The Gambia Immigration Department, Department of Social Welfare, Justice Ministry, Ministry of Health, civil society organizations and foreign embassies.

 

Jagne has also served as a peacekeeper in Liberia and Sudan. As part of UNMIL, she facilitated the reintegration of more than 200 ex-combatants (men and women) back into their communities. They were organized into an association called Progressive Youth for Development in Liberia, which focused on a variety of entrepreneurship activities. In Darfur, Sudan – for UNAMID – she served as both the child protection officer and gender desk officer.

 

Jagne often appears on the radio and television in The Gambia to engage the public on debates on human and children’s rights, women’s rights, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. For her “outstanding performance and benevolent contribution to the protection of Gambian women and children,” she has been awarded the Medal of National Order of the Republic of The Gambia.