Advancing Sierra Leone women’s rights to land, justice
By Mohamed Konneh/WADR Correspondent
For the first time, women from across Sierra Leone have converged on the capital, Freetown for a three-day national conference on women’s rights to land and access to justice.
The conference will coincide with the launch of a national campaign promoting debate and discussions on these issues, as women are given the much needed space for their voices to be heard.
A national campaign will also be launched and implemented around the country that will promote a debate and discussion on these issues, and will importantly provide a much needed space for women who have been denied their rights to home or livelihood, to be heard.
The campaign seeks to address the pressing need to discuss and develop national approaches to women’s rights to property and land and access to justice around these issues in Sierra Leone.
Women’s rights activists say the reality of the discrimination that women face around property and land is widely recognized in Sierra Leone.
Up to now, violation of women’s rights and the inter-relationship between these violations and other Gender based violence issues have remained in the background, according to activists.
The conference is been funded by UNDP and EU, implemented by COOPI, oxfam, FAWE and SLYEO.
WADR’s Freetown Correspondent Mohamed Konneh was at the opening ceremony and he speaks with the Project Manager of one of the groups holding the meeting, COOPI, Roisin Cavannagh.
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