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Incredible HeForShe walked 315 miles to End Rape in Sierra Leone

Friday, February 5, 2021

The 27th of January 2021 was a special day as it culminated the end of a strenuous 315 mile (494.28km) walk from Kailahun to Freetown to make a statement against rape culture in Sierra Leone. Hindolo Pokawa and Dustyn Montgomery, two friends from Minnesota, USA traveled to Sierra Leone because they felt they needed to stand up, speak out and lend their voice and effort to stop rape in the country. Hindolo felt the pain of the rape and murder of the 5 year-old Kadijah Saccoh and felt the...

Women of Sierra Leone present a unified position for the National Peace and Social Cohesion Dialogue Conference (BINTUMANI III)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The national dialogue for the consolidation of democratic governance for Sierra Leone’s peace and national cohesion was held from May 23 to 25 2019 at Bintumani International Conference Center in Freetown. The conference referred to as Bintumani III aimed at uniting the country which has been divided along political and ethnical lines following the general elections which took place in 2018.

His Excellency, President Julius Maada Bio joins world leaders as a HeForShe Champion with bold and groundbreaking commitments to achieve Gender Equality

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

On 21 May, 2019 His Excellency Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, the President of Republic of Sierra Leone joined the world leaders as HeForShe Champion. With pulpable; deep sincerity, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio reiterated his unwavering commitment to speak out, take action and eliminate impunity in particular, rape of girls and women while addressing all forms of violence against women and girls.


Friday, March 15, 2019

FROM WHERE I STAND: “BEING PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED WILL NOT LIMIT MY ABILITY TO LEARN AND BE PRODUCTIVE, I WILL THINK EQUAL.” Hawa Koroma 50, is a physically challenged widow and mother living in Kenema  in the Eastern Part of Sierra Leoneat No 31 Krooma street with her three children, the first daughter Josephine Kajua is 20, Ibrahim Smart is 6, and Kadijatu Koroma is 3. She is a seem stress by profession. She attended the national women’s conference on March 7 2019 to...

I am proud to be a peace ambassador

Friday, December 28, 2018

Sella Esther Sowa 42, is a mother of four with three girls and a boy. She has been married for 15 years to Foday Sowa. She try’s to support her parents who lives in Kenema and also 3 of her sister’s children with the profit she makes from selling food stuffs and vegetables.

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,...

From where I stand: I want the women in this country to be on equal footing with men

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Massah Lewally. Photo: UN Women/Cecil Nelson "I was driving to work on Monday morning, around 6.30 a.m., listening to the radio. They were talking about the rainfall. Someone called from the Regent area and said the mountain had just fallen. Another caller said there were over 200 houses under the mud… people had been caught unaware, sleeping in their beds. My father lives in that area. I just visited him on Sunday! By the time I reached the office, reports were...

In Sierra Leone UN Women is building resilience placing women at the center of humanitarian response

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sierra Leone and its people are known for resilience. Eleven years of violent civil war that claimed more than 50,000 lives and displaced one million people was followed by the Ebola Virus Disease that claimed another 4000 lives by the end of the epidemic in November 2016. No sooner had the country started to emerge from the Ebola crisis, than torrential rains which led to a deadly mudslide on 14 August, 2017 hit the country.  The recent crisis has claimed the lives of more than 400 people...

Sierra Leone Mudslides: Making sure humanitarian aid reaches women

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Women receiving humanitarian assistance from UN Women in the aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone. Photo: UN Women Following heavy rains on 14 August, mudslides have left more than 400 people dead and an estimated 6,000 affected in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The number of people in need of humanitarian aid is expected to rise as rain and floods continue. Women and girls are often disproportionately impacted during times of crises. They have unique health...

Sierra Leonean women in agribusiness are critical for inclusive economic growth

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Women represent 70 percent of the agricultural labor force of Sierra Leone and they play an important role in natural resource management and food production. Despite the critical position and contribution of women in agriculture, women are often discriminated against ownership, access to and control of land, and most importantly, women are not realizing their economic impact from their agricultural activities. This is largely because of discriminatory, customary and statutory laws which favor...

Sierra Leone Steps It Up for Gender Equality

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Government and people of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 28 February, 2017 joined the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in the official launch of the Heforshe Campaign at the State Hall of the House of Parliament of Sierra Leone.

At the African Women’s Leadership conference in Sierra Leone, President Koroma assures women of 30% quota by end of office.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The conference on the theme, ‘Engineering Change, Accelerating the pace in Achieving Results-Touching and Changing lives and Contributing to Sustainable Development in their countries, brought together senior government officials from different parts of Africa to share experience on how this contribution can be made.

The Opening of a Ten Day Training for Officers on Gender by the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Gender Unit

Friday, May 6, 2016

A ten day training for 40 RSLAF officers drawn from all formations and units across the armed forces has commenced in Freetown. This training is meant to broaden the military personnel’s knowledge on the duties of gender focal point officers and the various national and international instruments relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment. As the Gender Office continue to mainstream gender across the RSLAF focal point officers will assist commanders at all levels in the implementation and training of troops to integrate gender in RSLAF activities.

UN Women Engages Inter-Religious Council on Women's New Proposed Recommendations to CRC.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Inter-Religious Council in Sierra Leone has promised the women of Sierra Leone its fullest support in order to ensure that their new proposed recommendations to the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) is achieved. They made this promise during a one day consultative session organized by the UN Women Country Office at Aberdeen Road in Freetown on Tuesday 5 April 2016. The Country Representative of the UN Women Dr. Mary Okumu told the representatives of the Inter-Religious Council that the purpose of the meeting was to get input from them on the recommendations and also to help strategize on how to achieve the recommendations.

The new yellow in Sierra Leone: Getting Ebola to Zero

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A year on from the Ebola outbreak, a new campaign with journalists, students and teachers is injecting fresh energy into the drive to kick Ebola out of Sierra Leone.

Restoring confidence in the health facilities in Sierra Leone

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease.

“Ebola – What next?”: UN Women Executive Director to visit Ghana and take part in BBC live debate

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On her first official visit to Ghana as the Executive Director of UN Women from 24-26 March, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will meet with President H.E. John Dramani Mahama and the Minister of Gender, Children & Social Protection Ministry, Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, to discuss the strengthening of collaboration around the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

UN Women Executive Director on high-level mission to Sierra Leone in solidarity over the impact of Ebola

Monday, March 23, 2015

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits Sierra Leone to meet with President H. E. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Government of Sierra Leone and other stakeholders to discuss the gender dimensions of the Ebola virus.

UN Women action to confront the Ebola crisis

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared an international public health emergency in August, many UN organizations have been working hand-in-hand to help those affected on the ground. UN Women has been facilitating mobilization and information efforts targeting women, who have been disproportionately affected by this disease, coordinating UN efforts to address gender within the response, and supporting the collection of sex-disaggregated data. To help curb the spread of Ebola and mitigate its impacts, UN Women has focused on supporting sensitization and advocacy on Ebola and its gender dimensions primarily in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but with some efforts in Nigeria, where we are making relevant materials available in local languages.

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