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NEWS : Politics  

Sierra Leone Women do not wish to be left out as Women are moving from the kitchens & bedrooms to positions of POWER
By Aruna Turay
Jul 18, 2012, 17:12
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Moving past menial lives
Women are moving from the kitchen to positions of power and Sierra Leone women do not wish to be left out. A good number of them have come out to contend for top political positions in the forthcoming national elections slated for 17th November this year.

 

This wise move by women of this country have caused male aspirants contesting for political positions against women under the different political parties in Sierra Leone to become threatened by the forceful way the women aspirants are coming out to fight for their rights.

 

Male aspirants under the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) Party and United Democratic Movement (UDM) are seriously in trouble with the fear of losing the November 17th 2012 elections.

 

For far too long, women have been relegated to second class positions as pot washers in the kitchen and baby makers in the bedroom. Now, these women have taken new directions by making their voices to be heard in public debates and decision making issues. The women of this country have proven to be very popular in this as dozens of them are now coming out to rigorously contest against their male counterparts.

 

This move by strong and educated women to contest for positions at constituency and ward levels across the country, has rapidly attracted support from the people against their male contenders.

 

Poor African woman in the kitchen; these were the days when women were seen as house keepers

 

One of such women is Mrs. Yatta Sama of the SLPP, who is contending against two strong men in the persons of Dr. Gbonda of the Ministry of Finance and Bockarie Ensa, a youth activist and leader of YAPAD, for the position of Mayor for the Kenema District Council.


Speaking to this press last evening, Mrs. Sama outlined her strategies for the November 17 national elections. According to her, even before the election, there have been indications that her two male contenders are no match for her. She said from all the meetings she had been holding across the district, she had been enjoying total support from her women folks as well as the men folks.

 

Madam Sama expressed confidence that she will win the election by a landslide and become the first female Mayor for the Kenema district. She said no amount of intimidation will set her aback, whilst calling on her male opponents to start accepting defeat and endorse her candidature.


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Also talking to this press was SLPPs Mrs. Navo Kaikai, who is also contending with five strong men from various political parties for the Kailahun District Council Chairmanship.

 

According to Mrs. Kaikai, she is more qualified in terms of academic achievements, exposure, and working experience, among other qualifications. She further noted that she has been the peoples choice and that the people of Kailahun need a change.

 

According to the highly popular and dynamic lady, the people have on two occasions given the opportunity to the men to lead them but they have all failed to deliver. This time around, she went on, my people need a woman in that seat and I have been selected by the people to represent them in the council as chairman.

 

Mrs. Navo Kaikai further revealed that she has been with the people in times of need unlike her opponents. She said she has worked for the party and the people of Kailahun as a whole and that the people now want her to represent them.

 

However, she cited instances of intimidations from some of the men she is contending with. According to her, she has been receiving intimidations from poro society bushes. She however assured that no amount of such intimidation will stop her from pursuing her dreams. She called on her male contenders to note that anything a man does, women too can do better.

 

PMDCs Womens Leader Mrs. Rosaline Macarthy revealed that the women of PMDC are more than set to clinch all the positions they are contending for in both councils and parliament. She said her party has capacitated its women and assured that no male contender will crush them come November 17.


For her part, the Womens Leader for the UDM, Madam Louisa Kallon, revealed that her party has organized several capacity building sessions for their female contestants vying for various positions in the forthcoming elections. She said they have campaigned very well and that they stand the chances of winning because according to her, it was the people who had chosen them for the award of party symbols.

From the look of things in the political atmosphere in this country, it is no secret that Sierra Leone is now ripe to get a woman President. In most public forums of late, women are seen taking leadership positions, which is a clear indication that Sierra Leone women are on top gear to take over leadership and decision making positions from their male counterparts.


ALL POLITICAL PARTIES WOMEN ASSOCIATION

APPWA DELEGATES CONVENTION

The All Political Parties Women Association (APPWA) will on Wednesday 18th July commence its two days National Delegates Convention in Makeni northern Sierra Leone.

During the two days convention members of APPWA will elect its new executive and broaden the membership to other registered political parties that will include newly registered political parties.


The convention is been supported by UNIPSIL and the Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC.

Meanwhile, APPWA has completed a nationwide Constituency Outreach targeting 112 constituencies in Sierra Leone. The exercise which started two weeks ago seeks to publicize the Political Parties Registration Commission PPRC stakeholders conference held in Bintumani in May 2012 (known as the Bintumani Declaration), the Gender Equality Bill, and the APPWAs Constitution. The exercise will also give members of APPWA the opportunity to further the Associations drive toward the achievement of the 30% quota for women especially in political participation and Governance.


With support from PPRC and UNIPSIL, the exercise will target 200 participants in each constituency including key stakeholders like Paramount Chiefs, Traditional leaders, Soweis, and the youths.


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