The Gambia Foundation for Research on Women's Health, Productivity and
the Environment (BAFROW) was established in Banjul in July
1991 as a registered NGO and became a charitable trust in 1992.
The civil society organisation's main areas of focus is on
women's social empowerment, health, environmental issues and
BAFROW aims to help the central government's development
programs via its economic and social empowerment schemes with
the aim of improving the welfare of people living in certain
communities. These programs are executed at the local, regional
and countrywide levels which includes the Upper River Region, Central
River Region, the Greater Banjul area, Western River Region and
organisation is funded by monies created by its founders and
revenues generated through consultation research and related
services. Its community schemes are financed by donations and
grants made within The Gambia and from international donors.
BAFROW's future vision is a wider and more inclusive view
of the individual's capacity, with a large focus on enhanced
knowledge, skills building and information. Their ultimate
goal is to ensure Gambian people have social, economic and
political empowerment, to allow citizens, especially women,
to make better informed decisions on issues that have an effect
on their lives. And finally, to take part in and benefit from
national and local community development programs and to demand
their rights and improve their quality of life and health.
Provide & support healthcare services such as reproductive &
sexual health, child & maternal health & prevention of HIV/Aids
& other STDs.
• Advocate & support activities on women & environmental
management & protection.
• Create action research programs and mobilize campaigns against
detrimental cultural practices such as female
genital mutilation (FGM) in Gambia, promote alternative
rights of passage and encourage positive traditional
• Spread awareness about political, social, economic and
environmental issues and allow groups to give meaning of such
issues and express means for actions dealing with them.
• Push for women's economic empowerment through
micro-financing and capacity building in enterprise
management and planning.
• Reinforce institutional and community capacity, civic
empowerment, community involvement in socio-economic development
at all stages as beneficiaries and partners.
• Produce empirical data and gender analysis about females and issues
related to their capacity based on pilot projects, case studies
• Advance women's and girls education through advocating for
the keeping of girls at all grades within the schooling system and
basic literacy tuition for women who have been by-passed or
neglected by the
• Encourage a high rate of networking between community groups
in the rural and urban areas.
• Support and strengthen Youth Advocacy Groups of BAFROW
for the prevention of HIV/AIDS in Gambia.
BAFROW is lead by a director who is helped by a deputy and
various program coordinators for the following:
• Action research, M&E, documentation and information dissemination.
• Economic & social empowerment of communities & women.
• Environment and gender.
• Mobile clinics.
• Program sustainability.
• Well Woman and Family Clinics (WWFHC).
• Youth Empowerment and reproductive health rights.