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APPWA Calls for Peaceful Elections

APPWA Calls for Peaceful Elections

The All Political Parties Women Association on 16th October demonstrated by a peaceful march to support a credible, free, fair and  violence free election come November 2012.

Addressing the women from various political parties the Secretary General of APPWA advised the women to promote political tolerance and non violence in the elections, citing that women folks should come together and promote their fellow women in politics despite discrimination from their male counterparts.

In their solidarity speeches, female leaders in the various parties, APC, SLPP, CDP, UDM, RUFP, NDA, PDP etc., appealled all with one voice and reiterated to their fellow women that elections are not about fighting or war, and that this is the time for them to work as one, noting that that they must not use abusive language against each other as they are one people regardless of party.

They further appealed to their donors PPRC and UNIPISL to assist them in their campaign process, so that the men do not dominate them.

The president of APPWA, Augusta James Taima, said the women have a role to play in the development aspect in Sierra Leone as the women are the change agents.

She noted that a long time ago women were seen only in domestic activities, adding that those days have gone and now they want to be empowered.

She appreciated the efforts of the Government to join hard to push women in politics, although they are disappointed with the number of symbols given to women for various positions. She noted that, they are not happy for the government about the promise of the 30% quota which they refused to fulfill.

The Public Relations Officer Isata Kabba, who doubles as SLPP chair lady, encouraged women to work hard in whatsoever position given to them for men to know that what they do, they too can.  She noted that, the women should advise their relatives not to partake in violence.

A representative from UNIPISL appreciated the women for that good initiative and pledged their continued support to them. The event took place at the National Stadium with support from PPRC and UNIPISL.

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