On 13th February 2020, the British High Commission together with Human Solidarity and Caritas Freetown organised a two-day workshop for Women’s Wing of Political parties. The training specialised on knowledge of Sierra Leone Political Systems, personal communications, advocacy and campaign skills, institutionalising gender equality in political party polices, processes and practices. The aim of the training was to empower and build the capacity of women to increase women political participation and representation in Sierra Leone.
Idriss Gibson Mansaray, Executive Director of Human Solidarity, said the ambition of the training is to support the target of 30% quota for women in politics and governance in Sierra Leone.
During her presentation, former MP, Honourable Rosaline Smith, encouraged the women’s wings to aspire for higher heights in politics to be part of a change movement
In her Statement, Katie Hannam, Head of Political Section and Second Secretary at the British High Commission said:
“I am encouraged by the enthusiasm and activism of female parliamentarians here today, putting aside political differences to work as one. We need to see this change and we need to focus on policy, implementing change not political squabbles. Representation of women in politics is a key priority of the UK Government-Women’s empowerment is fundamental for the full realisation of human rights and gender equality. It has positive impacts on economic growth, firm performance and human development outcomes.
In Sierra Leone, the UK Government is committed to working with the government of Sierra Leone, CSOs, International community and female MPs to empower women to take control of their lives with access to family planning, education and greater livelihood opportunities and off course, increase women’s political participation and representative in Sierra Leone”
Present at the workshop were Leaders of Political parties Women’s Wings, Hon Veronica Sesay, Leader of female caucus in Parliament, Hon Emilia Loloh Tongi, Femi Cladius Cole, Chairperson of Unity Party and Rev. Father Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown.
The facilitators were Mrs Mercella Samba Sesay, Executive Director of CGG, Miss Isata Jalloh, Mrs Helen Bash Taqi and Hon. Roseline Jenneh Smith