By Ousman Sillah Chaneh Maram Joof, a Gambian born woman, originally from Bakau, is contesting as candidate number 44 on the council list for the Labour Party in Oslo, Norway. The 49 year old is a candidate in the upcoming council elections in the City of Oslo which will take place on 13 – 14 of September 2015. Madam Joof, who is a very active politician in the City of Oslo and has served as a deputy for the last four years, said her main goal is to hold a permanent place for the next four years. On why she is contesting for a seat in the council, Madam Joof said “In my heart I want Oslo to be the best and a vibrant city – a city, where children and youth will live in a conducive, non-violent, all-inclusive environment and society.” She declared that as Councilor, she will work very hard with the support of the people including friends and families to reduce inequalities in the city. “My goal is and will continue to remain, a better Oslo with room for everyone. For me it means safety, community development, care and concern and equal opportunities for all, regardless of background, gender, sexual orientation, physical, mental or social disability, race or creed. I will work for the people of this beautiful city, against all forms of discrimination and harassment,” said Madam Joof. She added “I am concerned about better living and working conditions, more commitment and adequate appropriation of resources; equal and better job opportunities and a better future for all. This also means, qualifications and merit will be given priority, regardless of social background.” She has served as an adviser in the office of Diversity and Integration, City of Oslo, coordinating different foreign organizations in network building which includes women`s network, network for disabilities and youths’ network; offering courses and expertise to voluntary organizations. “In addition, I also provide advice and guidance to municipal agencies on diversity and integration work, ensure contact with immigrant organizations, and manage municipal and state grants for integration and diversity,” said the aspiring Councilor. Madam Joof has several years of experience in community engagement and development in both Norway and The Gambia, working with NGOs, Women’s Organizations and Voluntary Organizations. As someone who is not new in public service, Madam Joof was elected in 1993 as the leader of African Organizations in Stavanger and in 1995 elected as the second leader for Stavanger municipal Immigrant adviser. “I joined the Labour Party in 1993 and became more and more active in 2005. I have since then had different roles and held different positions within the Labour party. I have served as board member in different areas and leader for Furuset labour party in the district of Alna since 2009,” she revealed. The mother of two, Kristine Kumba 19 and Andreas Ebou 15, attended the Gambia Muslim High School and later went to the Gambia Hotel School before going to Norway in 1986 to further her education.]]>
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