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WIMSAL President Calls for Solidarity in Sierra Leone
By Abdul K. Kabia
Nov 24, 2008, 17:16
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The President of the Sierra Leone Chapter of Women in the Media, Madam Mariama Sesay of Citizen FM Radio, has stressed the importance of "the need for women to solidly lobby, nominate and campaign for their fellow women to be elected into leadership positions." She emphasised the fact that for far too long now, "decision making positions in the media and in other institutions in Sierra Leone" have continued to be "male dominated".

Madam Sesay, who is an aspirant for the position of Financial Secretary at this weekends upcoming SLAJ Executive Elections, was speaking during the formal launch of WIMSAL at the British Council last Thursday 20th November 2008.

Sesay, who is facing a stiff competition from rival Samuel Conteh of New Citizen newspaper for the Financial Secretary post, told the gathering that the African continent was, "plagued with a prevalence of unfriendly gender practices" that according to her, have been militating against "the growth and social well being of women".

"In Sierra Leone as in other countries in Africa, the status of women remains low," she said adding that "Men, as a group, control the means of production and other resources" as well as "hold decision-making power within households and within many institutions".

Mariama Sesay, who is very eloquent and obviously well grounded in gender issues, made a series of recommendations as to how to bridge the gender gap that has plagued Africa for so long. Awareness Times will produce her entire speech with these recommendations in an upcoming edition.


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