AWARENESS TIMES
Sierra Leone News & Information

State House | Press Union | Lumley Beach | AllAfrica | SL-Web

www.awarenesstimes.com

  Giving Knowledge to the People
welcome to sierra leone's premier news source
Last Updated: Nov 25th, 2009 - 17:13:04 
Front Page 
 
 NEWS
 Breaking News
 Local News
 Politics
 Photo News
 Video News
 
 EDITORIALS
 
 COMMENTS & OPINIONS
 Moiie's Column
 
 FEATURES
 
 ENTERTAINMENT
 
 PROFILES
 Role Models
 Awareness Lady
 Common Man
 
 THE ECONOMY
 
 NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
 Special Messages
 Legal Matters
 Obituaries
 
 PAID SUPPLEMENTS
 
 ADVERTISEMENTS
 
 SATIRE
 
 FROM OUR TEAM
Search


Published online by
Sylvia Blyden Dot Com

17 Garrison Street,
Freetown,
Sierra Leone.
Tel: +232-77-772001
Tel: +232-88-321000
Tel: +232-76-350077
Tel: +232-30-321001
Email:
editor@awarenesstimes.com
Website:
www.awarenesstimes.com

NEWS : Local News  

IRC Wages War against Violence Against Women in Sierra Leone
By
Nov 25, 2009, 17:26
Email this article
 Printer friendly page

The International Rescue Committee will today, Wednesday 25th November 2009, commence "Sixteen Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women 2009" where the people of Sierra Leone will "Commit. Act. Demand: We can End Violence Against Women and Girls!" This is according to a press release issued by the International Rescue Committee.

"The war in Sierra Leone officially ended in 2002, but for the women and girls it has not end until communities themselves take action and demand the Government of Sierra Leone to prioritize ending violence against women and girls," the release states.

"Every day in Sierra Leone women and girls live in fear of being raped, physically and emotionally abused, forced into early marriages, or forced into Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In 2009 the IRC supported rape crisis centres known as Rainbo Centres provided direct services to over 800 rape victims of which 80% were children under the age of 15. In addition, over 1,500 cases of domestic violence were reported to the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).

Sixteen Days of Activism against Violence Against Women is a global campaign to raise awareness on the injustice of violence against women and girls and a call to all to take action. This year the International Rescue Committee (IRC) celebrates the women and men that contribute to a Sierra Leone free of violence and calls on others to make an impact to stop violence against women and girls. We all have the responsibility to ensure that every Sierra Leonean, including women and girls, are given a chance to live a healthy and safe life.

Sierra Leone is a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), conventions that include clauses that protect women and girls from violence and abuse. There are also three Sierra Leonean local laws entitled the Gender Justice Acts (The Domestic Violence, Registration of Customary Marriages and Divorce and the Devolution of Estate Acts 2007) and unfortunately the key implementers responsible for their enforcement including, the courts, police and health personnel do not believe in the content of the Acts, which gravely hamper accessibility.

The people of Sierra Leone call on the government to protect women and girls. The government should: commit additional resources to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Childrens Affairs to fully implement the three Gender Justice Acts; ensure access to justice free from intimidation, threats and manipulation; put policies in place to address Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and; enact the Matrimonial Causes and Sexual Violence Bills.

The people of Sierra Leone call on individuals to protect women and girls of their country and: commit to never using violence; talk openly to your partner about the implications of gender-based violence on the family; reach out to women experiencing violence; challenge men who use violence as a communication and control tool; challenge local leaders and the government to address violence and protect women and girl, and; ensure perpetrators of violence are brought to justice".


© Copyright by Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Top of Page

Latest Headlines
NEWS
Lawyer Jabbi Is Disappointed with Tabloid
As APC Regime Bullies Women: Justice Ademusu is Fettered
APC Minister Bullies Kailahun Woman
EDITORIALS
The Mischief Maker is at State House!
Personal Media Controversy & Its Effect on Press Harmony
Awareness Times Reproduces Sheka Tarawalies Trash
COMMENTS & OPINIONS
This Time, I Stand with Zainab Bangura
Part 2 Concerning the Fish Poachers Case will be Out Soon. Until then, we today reproduce Part 1 of : Chief Justice Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Tolla-Thompson
Statement Delivered by the CEO of Access Point Africa (APA)
FEATURES
Africa International Youth Football Tournament in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone's Big Liability at the Judiciary is Justice Tolla Thompson
Taking Action To Prevent Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone
ENTERTAINMENT
Listen to the latest from Emmerson Bockarie: YESTERDAY BETTEH PASS TODAY?
Solomon Ekuma Berewa Gets Surprise 70th Birthday Party
Sierra Leone's Kha-Benneh Bangura Wants Your Votes
PROFILES
Bio Data Of The Former President Of The Republic Of Sierra Leone Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah
A Chat With Sierra Leones First Doctorate Chartered Accountant: Dr. Dante Alie Bendu (B.Sc Hons, M.Sc, M.A., FeICM, ACCA, PhD)
Sierra Leonean Woman Excels In UK
THE ECONOMY
Kailahun SLPP MP frowns at Finance Minister in Sierra Leone
Sept 23: Millicom Sierra Leone bounces back
Romanian buys more Sierra Leone Diamonds shares
NOTICES & DOCUMENTS
Aerica Youth International Football Result (3/12/09)
PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES (MFMR)
Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone Public Notice
PAID SUPPLEMENTS
Statement By The Chairman Of The UK & Ireland Branch At The Prayer And Intercession Service To Commemorate The 58th Anniversary Of SLPP
Sierra Leone Envoy Launches Sierra College Foundation (SCF) in the UK
Contracting Authority: The ECOWAS Commission Support to Regional Integration in West Africa
ADVERTISEMENTS
Freetown City Council Supply Of Diet To Tertiary Hospital For Year 2010 Invitation For Bids
JEEP HIRE SERVICES IN SIERRA LEONE
Kallboxx Recods Presents Lady Fellicia in Live Concert
SATIRE
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE between America and Sierra Leone!
POEM DAWN OF THE ERA
An Afflicted Cow FookFook Brain Manufactures Ronshos, Diamba, Gnomes, Rubber-Fack & Leprechauns; Desires to Import Machiavelli into a Democracy
FROM OUR TEAM
James Webber & the Threat of Violence against Sierra Leone Journalists
APOLOGY TO ALL OUR CHERISHED READERS
Awareness Times to produce our own 'White Paper' on the Justice Bankole Thompson Commission Report

Copyright © 2005 - 2010, Awareness Times Sierra Leone; All Rights Reserved.
Hosted & Designed by West Africa Dot Net