The 50/50 Group will on Saturday October 18, 2008 organize a national workshop on lobbying and advocacy for newly elected female councilors at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown.
The workshop is aimed at helping elected councilors develop skills on how to advocate for women focused/gender sensitive issues in council and on how to mobilize others to support their proposals and projects.
It will also serve as a forum for elected members to network with others in their districts and regions and for the formation of a support network.
"The women will be encouraged to share their experiences, needs and challenges and will then be trained in gender advocacy," a 50/50 Group press release states, adding: "For these women to survive and excel as councilors, they need to be skilled in some form of gender advocacy through which they will be able to introduce and advocate for women friendly projects and programs."
The press release says the elections are over and its time for female councilors, especially, to be empowered with tools that will make their tenure as councilors meaningful and worthwhile.
"As the recipient of the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) Madeline K Albright award, the 50/50 Group proposed a project titled ‘Empowering Community Women to Participate in Politics’ with a focus on women’s participation in the 2008 Local Council Elections," the release states, adding that the project has three main objectives geared towards organizing pre and post elections activities.
The release says pre-elections activities included training of female aspirants, organizing rallies and marches, media sensitizations, billboards, posters and a host of others.
"Elections have been conducted and a total of 86 women were voted into local councils," the release says, while adding that it is in this light that the 50/50 Group is embarking on a post-elections activity.
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