On June 2, 2014, following the Women Advancement Forum in Banjul, The Gambia launched its first National Action Plan. The development of the National action Plan involved reviewing of existing literature on UNSCR 1325, The Gambia’s National Gender and Women's Empowerment Policy 2010-2020, other laws, conventions, bills and policies that affect the rights of women and girls internationally and nationally. The Gambia National Action Plan focuses on the three main pillars as outlined by the UNSCR. These pillars are participation, prevention and Protection or the so-called 3Ps. However, the issue of promotion concerning the overall popularization of the action plan is embedded within the 3Ps. The requisite articles of UNSCR 1325 have been delineated under each pillar for which strategic issues, key focused areas, outcomes, and performance indicators were developed to enable GOTG to implement to attain the goals on Gender Mainstreaming and greater participation of women in building a sustainable peace for the general populace, particularly women and girls.
Gambia does not have a record of a major conflict, yet it is situated in a region that has witnessed conflicts and thus, many women refugees from neighbouring countries with conflict flee to Gambia. Nonetheless, Gambian women occupy a low status in society and experience widespread discriminatory practices largely due to the incorporation of rigid interpretations of Sharia and customary law in Gambia's legal codes. The majority of Gambian women face gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, yet do not receive adequate legal protection. Over the years, the government of The Gambia has vowed to improve the status of women, such as gender mainstreaming, addressing gender based violence and human rights for women, among many.