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The Role of Sierra Leone Women in the Youth Commission
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Rodney Edmond Michael on Jun 12, 2010, 09:39
Since the inauguration of President Koroma youths have been optimistic of a prosperous future with opportunities for each and every young person in the four Regions of Sierra Leone. After all it was one of his key campaign pledges and that of The APC. It’s getting to three years since our President promised



Women In Sierra Leone Can Play Significant Roles in Agriculture and the Environment
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Abu Bakarr Kargbo on Apr 23, 2010, 03:29
Gender, which is socially constructed relations between men and women in Sierra Leone, is an organizing element of existing farming systems and a determining factor of ongoing agricultural development. Current trends in agricultural market liberalization and in the reorganization of farm work



Women’s Empowerment and Employment: A Tribute to Mrs. Posseh (Beatrice) Njai
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Vienna Austria on Mar 30, 2010, 12:33
A few days ago, on Thursday, 25th March 2010, I participated in a conference entitled “Women’s Empowerment and Employment”, convened by the Danish Government in Copenhagen . Three female UN system chief executives were invited, along with many other prominent women from all over the world and from all walks of life



Statement By His Excellency Dr Enest Bai Koroma On International Women’s Day 27 March 2010
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Mar 28, 2010, 13:14
The International Women’s Day is a day for reflecting on the challenges faced by women, and for celebrating the achievements of our mothers, our partners, our sisters, our daughters and our female compatriots. More importantly, this is a day for rededicating ourselves to the truth that a nation can only transform itself when it also lives up to the aspirations of women



Private Sector Development and Women Entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Oct 22, 2008, 17:36
The Government of Sierra Leone fully realizing that the private sector has to take a lead role in the country’s growth and development has revisited the legal framework, which regulates the activities and procedures governing business investments in the country. The Investment Promotion Act 2004 has been formulated and passed into law in 2004. Furthermore, in order to eliminate the bureaucratic bottlenecks and cumbersome administrative procedures which had come to characterize



Stop The Abuse Now! Children In Sierra Leone Deserves a Better Life
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Alhaji Saidu Kamara on Sep 1, 2008, 19:55
Children of Sierra Leone....They too Deserves a Better Life
When one talks about child rights, the issue of subjecting under-aged children to hard work under difficult conditions for long periods in order to pay off their parent’s debts easily comes to mind.In most traditional settings, girls as young as fourteen are forced into early marriages that are detrimental to their health




Africa Progress Panel Demands Action on Global Food Crisis
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Jun 16, 2008, 20:04
The Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan, yesterday demanded international action to deal with the urgent threat of world food prices, while also calling on the G8 leaders to take immediate steps to get their commitments to Africa back on target The Africa Progress Panel ’s report, being launched yesterday by Kofi Annan, Michel Camdessus and Tidjane Thiam in London, states that the world food crisis ”threatens to destroy years, if not decades, of economic progress” as “100 million people are being 



Women and Development
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Jun 5, 2008, 10:49

A girl born in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa faces a cruel double burden. She will grow up in a region beset by poverty, disease, war or famine. She will also confront these challenges with the added disadvantage of being female. Although more attention is being given to gender issues, inequality persists in every culture, country, and continent. A new study for the Copenhagen Consensus project shows that eliminating this disparity is an investment with high payoffs.





Addressing Female Genital Mutilation Without Human Rights: My Experience
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Melron C. Nicol-Wilson(Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance ) on Apr 14, 2008, 11:46

Melron Nicol Wilson...doing a good job
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is normally considered by Human Rights Activists an act of violence against women and girls and a human rights violation. But it is also a cultural tradition, deeply rooted in religious and social convictions, and ensures marriage prospects for girls and young Women. Many who choose to deviate from other patriarchal social norms accept FGM because there is tremendous social pressure to go through with the practice. Also many Young girls have no choice as the practice is imposed on them by their Parents.Simply condemning FGM as inhumane, or a human rights abuse, does little to stop it. In a Country like Senegal for instance the passing of a Law to stop FGM did not reduce the Practice In my recent discussions with local women in Makeni, I have found it more effective to avoid the cultural and religious rationales





To Cut Or Not To Cut......Should That Be A National Issue?
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Ibrahim Labor Fofana on Apr 4, 2008, 01:51

Anti FGM young girls protest in Eritrea(Credit:Womankind Worldwide)
Several Sierra Leonean organizations – Civil Society, Human Rights, Women’s Advocacy, Media and other groups including individuals have all sharpened their knives and cutlasses in readiness of “to cut or not to cut.” Soweis and bondo girls’ fate now lie in the results of workshops, symposia and statements made by those whose responsibility it is to defend, protect and modernize Sierra Leone’s rich cultural heritage and the rights of the individuals including the right to choice.





U.S. Ambassador Launches Art Exhibition at Official Residence
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Mar 14, 2008, 03:19

US Ambassador and Gender Minister Inspect Work of Arts
Ambassador June Carter Perry and Mr. Frederick Perry officially launched the art exhibit that will be on display at their residence for the next 3 years.  The program was attended by Government Ministers, artists, educators, diplomats, and others in the cultural community.





Making the Gender Bill Knowledgeable in Sierra Leone
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Santigie Kamara on Mar 4, 2008, 04:14

Prior to the rebel war, women in Sierra Leone were regarded as domestic servants who had no say in decision making.  By then, they should only be seen engaged in cooking, in child naming ceremonies and the “Bondo” secret society where they will be discussing vital issues amongst themselves concerning their family affairs.





The High Rate of Rape Cases in Sierra Leone
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by Santigie Kamara on Feb 27, 2008, 02:05
Prior to the out break of the rebel war in Sierra Leone , the incidence of rape was some how isolated due to the infectiveness of the law enforcement agencies in the country.   It was very common in those horrible days to see or heard compromised between the perpetrators and the immediate parents of rape victims



UNDP To Host Visit Of Norwegian Youth Politicians
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Jan 18, 2008, 13:57
A group of nine Norwegian youth politicians will begin a one-week field visit to Sierra Leone on 19 January 2008. The visit, organised by the UNDP Nordic Office, is aimed at acquainting the youth politicians with UNDP and the UN's practical development work in the country.



The Role of Men and Boys in Gender Equality
GENDER AFFAIRS
Posted by on Oct 28, 2007, 02:59

At the 48th session of the Commission for the Status of Women in New York,a key topic of discussion was indeed the role of men and boys in gender equality.Despite this,the tireless efforts of International initiatives to adopt UN Security Council 1326 women,peace and security as far back as October 2000 have only just begun to emerge in practice.






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