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50/50 Group & NOW Sierra Leone Reviews 2007 Women’s Manifesto

50/50 Group & NOW Sierra Leone Reviews 2007 Women’s Manifesto

The 50/50 Group Sierra Leone, National Organization for Women and women’s organizations Sierra Leone (NOW/SL) within the women’s forum has concluded a two day consultative workshop to review the 2007 women’s manifesto on the 26th and 27th January 2018.

This was brought to the attention of the media last Friday at the 50/50 Group headquarters on OAU Drive in Freetown.

Presenting the press release, past President, 50/50 Group, Haja Mariama Fofanah stated that after carrying out a desk review and research of policies, laws and pronouncements that have taken place around each one of the components in the 2007 women’s manifesto, a two day workshop was held to review it.

She outlined that the workshop comprised two representatives from each of the sixteen districts, twenty participants from the western area and ten from other women’s organizations adding that participants deliberated on the findings, action points and issues emerging from the desk review of the 2007 manifesto.

“The manifesto acknowledged the improvement that have been made in all sectors since its publication”, Madam Fofanah and continued that concerns were raised and recorded over what needs to be addressed and demands were made for new and emerging issues.

She said amendments/additions to the 2007 manifesto paying particular attention to the empowerment of young girls and provisions of the reviewed 1991 constitution were agreed.

Madam Fofanah further deliberated that a revised and updated manifesto which will include a series of demands for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment at all level and which will inform the manifestoes of all political parties about women’s concerns and needs will be published, launched and disseminated at the end of this week.

Representing the National Organizations of Women Sierra Leone (NOW/SL), Dr. Nana Pratt pointed out that gender inequality, persistent injustice and low participation in the national decision making process are the most issues affecting women in this country.

She described the manifest as not only a tool that would guide political parties or represented voices of women but it also has mainstream gender pillars and submitted that we are still experiencing as a nation increasing number of sexual violence cases.

Founder of the 50/50 Group Sierra Leone, Nemata Majeks Walker intimated that they focus on improving lives of vulnerable women and girls in society and emphasized that we have lot of women that need empowerment to minimize their challenges.

He said they will be analyzing all political parties’ manifestoes to inform them about issues of women that needed urgent intervention.

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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