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Sierra Leone News: 2018 elections should be for women – Kadie Jumu

Sierra Leone began celebrating International Woman’s Day (IWD) in 1985 as a way of being apart of the global village. The theme for this year’s celebration is, “sustaining the increase in inclusive participation to enhance changes of social economic gender parity by 2030”. Women in the Kailahun District, for the very first time, commemorated the special day for women, IWD, outside the District headquarter town of Luawa Chiefdom since they started recognizing it.
This year’s celebration took place at the former Chiefdom headquarters in Pendembu, Upper Bambara Chiefdom 17 miles away from Kailahun District.
The event attracted womens groups from the 14 Chiefdoms in the District, female pupils from primary and secondary schools, traditional leaders, civil society organizations, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s), religious leaders, women traders and the media.
A massive procession from the Kenema-Pendembu Highway wound through the town’s market that was virtually empty and ended at the Pendembu Chiefdom Community hall where hundreds of women and girls assembled.
School pupils performed skits on women’s participation in Paramount Chieftaincy elections and the importance of girl’s education with particular reference to teenage pregnancy and continuity of their education.
According to the Board Chairperson of Social Enterprise Development (SEND) Sierra Leone, Kadie Jumu, “Women should see the IWD celebration as a reflection on their activities in nation building. Women, in most cases, fail to support their fellow women in many areas including politics.”
She explained that women sacrifice their time supporting men in achieving their goals but have little or no time helping other women reaching their dreams. “Women we should stop the ‘pull-her-down syndrome’ so we can have more women in leadership positions”.
She urged the women of Kailahun to increase the number of women in Parliament and Local Council and maybe even consider a woman for President.
Speaking on behalf of the women of Kailahun, the President of the Kailahun Women in Governance Network (KWiGN), Lucy C. F. Gondor, maintained that the celebration is to for women to mark their achievements and speak on issues of gender equality on what should be done so as to ensure their roles and responsibilities in society are met to foster change in the social, economic and political life.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Friday March 10, 2017

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