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Women are Still Subjected to Men APPWA/APPA Rep. Says

Women are Still Subjected to Men APPWA/APPA Rep. Says

The All Political Party Association (APPA) and All Political Party Women’s Association (APPWA) Chairperson, Augusta James-Tecima has said that women are still dominated by men in terms of representation in governance. (Photo: Augusta James-Tecima making statement)

She made the statement at the second national consultative conference organized by the Human Right Commission of Sierra Leone at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown on the theme “Respect for Human Rights as a prerequisite for a politically tolerant and peaceful 2018 elections” on Sunday 26th November 2017.

Madam Tecima pointed out that human right is important for peaceful Co-existent adding that if Democracy is not isolated in the Governance system, human rights issues could be observed. She deliberated that there is instances for sex for grade in many learning institutions and mentioned that there are also problems of unlawful detention and sexual harassment. She said women have experienced many violations as a result of our old age custom and tradition. She therefore called for sensitization and awareness rising for more women to involve in the decision making process. She lauded His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for appointing many women in public positions and expressed appreciation on the effort of our national and international partners for pushing women issues forward.

The Chairperson of the occasion, Valnora Edwin from the Campaign for Good Governance encouraged Sierra Leoneans to rise above party color but we should discuss about policy to move the country forward for children yet unborn and stressed that it is rightful for everyone to belong in any political party or society.

She pointed out that if democratic institutions are well managed, there is field day for credible elections.

The Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, Rev. Osman Jesse Fornah said the commission is grateful for such gathering for the fact that he said, it shows our commitment as a nation in promoting human rights issues in Sierra Leone. He said the country is going for the fourth election since the end of the eleven years civil conflict and calling on all citizens to uphold human rights ethics during the electioneering process.

He said the 1991 Constitution gives power to the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to conduct all public elections and referendum. “The commission has positioned itself to ensure that the fundamental human rights are protected and respected throughout the elections. Rev. Fornah discussed that what hold us together as a nation is better than to be divided and he spoke on the important to respect everyone’s view.

He said the commission is concerned about addressing issue of hate speech among [politicians and their supporters and deliberated on the commitment of the commission to protect our human rights before, during and after elections.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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