Farming in Daru, a town in the Kailahun district of Sierra Leone has long been the preserve of the uneducated. But thanks to some teachers and army officers in the community, the status quo is changing. Engaged in oil palm cultivation, the two groups are determined to shape the narrative and to help boost oil palm production in the country.
In Gorahun, the chiefdom headquarters of Tunkia Chiefdom, Baindu Sannoh has been a petty trader for about 10 years. She started with ‘Osusu’ (group savings) and continually invested in agriculture, growing groundnuts and other cash crops.
Members of Sierra Leone’s leading women advocacy, 50/50 Group, have paid a courtesy call on His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio to praise his position on women and girls’ empowerment and his policies to protect them.
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I can proudly say that the status of women in Kailahun District has improved a lot, thanks to our collective effort as women and other stakeholders, and the invaluable support of SEND Sierra Leone and their partners Christian Aid and Irish Aid.
In the suburbs of Kailahun District, Eastern Sierra Leone, people of all ages and titles, including from the surrounding villages, trooped in small groups to the community barray (hall) at Ngolahun village, Peje Bongre chiefdom, for what seemed to be a very important meeting.
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Abdoulaye spoke about how she had been motivated by her mother, a housewife who had raised her and her four siblings as a single parent.
Women in Kenema have organised themselves into the Kenema Women in Governance Network seeking to empower themselves socially, economically, educationally and, most importantly, politically.