The women of Sierra Leone will join women in the world to celebrate international women’s day tomorrow Tuesday 8 March 2016.
This day will be celebrated in Sierra Leone when President Koroma’s gender credential is being questioned.
According to Amnesty International, exploitation and violence against women and girls increased during the Ebola outbreak, noting that “the Sexual Offences Act 2012 was still not implemented properly by the police.”
They furthered there was limited access to legal aid, shelter and rehabilitation services for victims of sexual and domestic violence and that health care services for victims of sexual violence were also inaccessible due to legal and cost barriers.
“The Gender Equality Bill, which provides for a minimum 30% representation of women in Parliament and local councils and ministries, departments and agencies, was still not enacted,” Amnesty International says
They stated that in July 2015, Sierra Leone ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa but that steps need to be taken to domesticate its provisions.
“In December, Parliament passed the Safe Abortion Act.”