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Sierra Leone News: LEWAF shares over Le2b among women

The Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation held their annual share-out under the community women savings and loaning scheme on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at their office in Freetown. In his statement, the Executive Director, Mohamed B. Jalloh, said the women empowerment scheme is undertaken every year with the 52 women’s groups of LEWAF. During the share out only six groups were present. The six groups shared Le572 million, and over Le2 billion will be shared among the 52 groups.  Director Jalloh said, if women are empowered financially it will reduce their vulnerability in their various homes. “During these sixteen days of activism, we want to send a message that we detest things like, early marriage, violence against women and girls, sexual harassment etc,” Jalloh said. The MP from Constituency 113, Hon. Rugiatu Roza Kanu, noted the increase in violence against women and girls and rape of young girls. “In Sierra Leone, women suffer the most because they are considered as the most vulnerable group,” Hon. Kanu said. “Women should stand for themselves. Gone are the days when women will totally depend on their husbands for everything.” The police commander at Calaba Town Police Station noted the spate of violence against women and girls, and early marriage. Commander Lansana further urged the women of LEWAF to educate their children. He encouraged the women to develop the courage to come and report and act of violence against them. One of the beneficiaries, a representative of the Destiny Group, Sarah Keita, said she received a substantial amount of money the previous year which encouraged her to save more this year. Another woman representing the Victorious Group, a school teacher, said she will commence an international business with the amount she has received. Fatmata Conteh representing the Precious Group, said her husband cannot provide for all her needs. “Through this scheme, I now contribute to the development of my home. By so doing, I have restored my dignity as a women, for my husband now respects me a lot.”

SKS/5/12/18

By Sulaiman Karim Sesay (Intern)

Thursday December 06, 2018.

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