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The main opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) has elected a woman member of parliament as minority leader, making her the first-ever woman to hold the post in the history of the country.
Dr. Bernadette Lahai defeated two SLPP male lawmakers to earn the historic feat in a parliament comprising only the ruling All People’s Congress and SLPP.
The Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation (CDVR) in Cote d’Ivoire is partnering with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on a national training targeting Ivorian women.
The objective of the exercise is to prepare the women to become ambassadors of peace in their communities.
For many years, particularly during Sierra Leone's10-year civil war that ended in 2002, women have been fiercely engaged in the struggle to achieve peace, reconciliation and good governance.
In 2007, when there was a violent standoff over the election results, it was women who took the lead in helping prevent the country from slipping back into conflict.
The cost of maternal and newborn health care will drop by US$11.3 billion a year, through widespread voluntary family planning in developing countries, says a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The State of the World Population 2012 released Thursday said access to family planning is an essential human right that can trigger unprecedented economic development.
A sizable number of Senegalese youths and nationals of other African states risk their lives on makeshift boats each year to cross the Mediterranean Sea headed for European shores in search of ‘a better life’.
In Senegal, women play a major role in encouraging their children and wards to make the journey in search of greener pastures, with some women even selling their valuables to assist youths take the journey.
The West African Women’s Elections Observation (WAWEO) delegation has urged Sierra Leone’s media to be honest, impartial and independent in the coverage of the electoral process leading to voting on 17 November.
The 10-member team comprises representatives of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and the Women in Peace and Security Network – Africa (WIPSEN-AFRICA).
Liberian women traders have for decades wielded enormous influence, both political and economic, carving for themselves a niche in the Liberian society.
Upon coming to office in 2006, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf established the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund to provide services to thousands of women traders and thereby help countless families who count on their income.
Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN) will deploy a dozen observers to monitor the presidential, parliamentary and local council elections in Sierra Leone on 17 November.
The group first deployed an all-women election observer mission in 2005 during the Liberian elections.
Liberia has launched a campaign to combat breast and cervical cancer and increase public awareness about the disease.
The head of the Liberia Cancer Society, Juanita Neal says people are needlessly dying from the disease in the country due to ignorance.
In Sierra Leone, the number of women qualified to contest parliamentary and local council seats has disappointingly failed to reach the 30 percent quota they have been advocating for gender representation.
However, those qualified to contest are optimistic that they will win come 17 November when the country goes to the polls to elect a president and members of parliament and local councils.