Sierra Leone Goes Rural for International Women’s Day

The Government of Sierra Leone's Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs and its partners plan to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) in the Western Area Rural District for the first time.

"The choice of a rural setting this year was directed by President Koroma," read a statement from the national IWD Committee. "Sierra Leone has 60 percent of its women living in rural areas. This year's celebrations are for all rural women to be reminded that they are very special," the press release said.

Western Area Rural District Local Government Chairman Alhassan Cole and other rural residents are reportedly excited as this will be the first-ever national event to be hosted in their administrative area.

Popular bands have joined together with the Sierra Leone Female Musicians Association, which has the support of Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden,  minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children's Affairs.

"Willie Jay and Star Zee will be there to enforce the message that there is strength in unity. Lady Felicia and Vicky Fornah will be amongst those sending supportive shout-outs from America whilst Suga Lulu will send in her voice clip from London," the statement said.

Traditional female leaders are expected to reiterate their stance against child female genital cutting, child marriage, other various forms of abuse, as well as their support for human rights.

"The Social Welfare Ministry is proud to be in partnership with traditional women to solidify the work towards a progressive Sierra Leone where women enjoy their rights and children enjoy the fullest protection," the release said.

The IWD event on March 8 will be chaired by 50-50 President, Dr. Fatu Taqi. Keynote Speaker is President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, who will be accompanied by first lady Sia Nyama Koroma (pictured in archive photo above).

For Media and More Information, please contact:
Mrs. Williette James
Chair of the IWD Steering Sub-Committee on Media, Research & Documentation.
Telephone: +232-76-725753


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