Press Release from the Women’s Wing of the UDM
The Women’s Wing of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is dismayed and disgusted with the statement made by the Vice Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL), Madam Yasmi Jusu Sheriff, about the Leader and Members of the UDM party, at the Official opening of the 20th Triennial Convention, at the YWCA Old Hall, Brook Fields on the 28th October, 2011.
In her ill-motivated, unprincipled and absurd outburst, she said that “UDM’s has no respect for women… UDM Leader is in the habit of abusing women”, she boasted citing “UDM’s Leader’s recent take on UNIPSIL, ERSG, of the UN, Michael Schulenburg.”
In view of the above mentioned, the executive and members of the UDM’s Women’s Wing want the public to know that, UDM upholds the values, tenets, respect, inclusion and mainstreaming of all women in not only politics but all development endeavor’s devoid of tribal, regional or political beliefs. In the same vein, UDM believes that women also should have equal respect, irrespective of their belonging and background.
Meanwhile, the women’s wing of the noble party, views the statement of Madam Yasmi Jusu Sheriff, as unfortunate, unprofessional, disgusting, inciting and a gross manifestation of human absurdity, thus rendering our party to public hatred. Furthermore, we in the UDM also believe that as responsible women, we can only be respected if we maintain our own dimities and give respect to men. However, as a responsible party, we are in cognizant of the fact that her statement against our stainless and respectable Leader, as irresponsible and very much disrespectful.
In the light of the above, we the women of the UDM are calling on Madam, Yasmi Jusu Sheriff, to tender an unconditional apology, to the entire membership of the unfortunate and discredited outburst on our Leadership and the Party within the shortest possible time.
Halimatu Deen, Secretary General, Women’s Wing
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