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Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Gambia, English

Every citizen of The Gambia of full age and capacity shall have the right, without unreasonable restrictions—
(a) to take part in the conduct of public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives;

(c) to have access, on general terms of equality, to public service in The Gambia. (Sec. 26)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Gambia, English


(2) Women shall have the right to equal treatment with men, including equal opportunities in political, economic and social activities. (Sec. 28)

Participation in Public Life and Institutions

Gambia, English


(5) The State shall endeavour to ensure equal opportunity and full participation for women in the economic development of the country. (Sec. 215)

Marriage and Family Life

Gambia, English

In addition to this Constitution, the laws of The Gambia consist of—

(f) the Sharia as regards matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance among members of the communities to which it applies. (Sec. 7)

Marriage and Family Life

Gambia, English

(1) Men and women of full age and capacity shall have the right to marry and found a family.
(2) Marriage shall be based on the free and full consent of the intended parties. (Sec. 27)

Marriage and Family Life

Gambia, English

(1) Children shall have the right from birth to a name, the right to acquire a nationality and, subject to legislation enacted in the best interest of children, to know and be cared for by their parents.
… (Sec. 29)

Marriage and Family Life

Gambia, English


(2) Subject to the provisions of subsection (5), no law shall make any provision which is discriminatory either of itself or in its effect.

(4) In this section, the expression "discrimination" means affording different treatment to different persons attributable wholly or mainly to their respective descriptions by race, colour, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status whereby persons of one such description are subjected to disabilities or restrictions to which persons of another such description are not made subject, or are accorded privileges or advantages which are not accorded to persons of another such description.
(5) Subsection (2) shall not apply to any law in so far as that law makes provision—

(c) with respect to adoption, marriage, divorce, burial, devolution of property on death or other matters of personal law;
… (Sec. 33)

Marriage and Family Life

Gambia, English


(4) The Cadi Court shall only have jurisdiction to apply the Sharia in matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance where the parties or other persons interested are Muslims.
… (Sec. 137)

Composition and Appointment

Gambia, English

(1) A person shall be qualified for appointment as Chief Justice if he or she is qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court and has been a judge of a superior court in a common law country for not less than ten years.
(2) A person shall be qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court if he or she holds or has held office as a judge of the Court of Appeal, or as a judge of a court having similar jurisdiction in a common law country, in each case for not less than five years, or if he or she has practised as a legal practitioner before a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in a common law country for not less than twelve years.
… (Sec. 139)

Jurisdiction and Access

Gambia, English

(1) A person who alleges that—
(a) any Act of the National Assembly or anything done under the authority of an Act of the National Assembly; or
(b) any act or omission of any person or authority, is inconsistent with or is in contravention of a provision of this Constitution, may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for a declaration to that effect.
… (Sec. 5)