The 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone organized a workshop titled: The World Justice Project –Justice for Women. The aim of the workshop was to simplify the three recent Acts that were passed in 2007, so that they would become user –friendly for people, especially women and those who are expected to interpret the laws in rural settings, such as traditional rulers/elders, the police and magistrates.
The three Acts under consideration were the Domestic Violence Act, the Devolution of Estates Act and the Registration of Customary Marriage and Divorce Act
In January 2008, the current president of the 50/50 Group, Mrs. Harriet Turay and its founder and first president Dr. Nemata Majeks-Walker & Justice ToLla Thompson from Sierra Leone were among participants who attended the World Justice Program Workshop organized by the American Bar Association in Accra, Ghana. At the end of the Workshop, participants were encouraged to write project proposals based on some of the issues that had been discussed and that would make relevant impact on the way the rule of law is practiced in their countries. Thus, the idea for the project was born.
The Participants were chosen on the bases of their previous contributions to society, their knowledge and expertise and the input they could make to the process. Present at the meeting was a multidisciplinary team comprising, Legal Practitioners , women’s and Peace Advocates, Political Activities, Civil Society Activists, Media Practitioners, the Proprietress of School that supports single parent children, Women’s Rights Activists, a Traditional ruler and a Religious leader, an activist for the education of the girl-child and some executive members of the 50/50 Group.
Participants were divided into three groups. Each group was given an Act to discuss and simplify. Afterwards, the groups made presentations in plenary, which were followed by discussions, suggestions and question to further clarify areas that needed clarification.
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