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Sierra Leone Bans Pregnant From Going To School

Sierra Leone Bans Pregnant From Going To School

 Rights activists say the state should address the stigma faced by pregnant girls rather than ostracise them. Pregnant schoolgirls in Sierra Leone will be banned from classes and exams despite sweeping new government measures to improve access to education for all, a state spokesman said on Thursday. The West African country introduced the ban on […]

Sierra Leone Poll Looks Set For 2nd Round With Half Results In

Sierra Leone Poll Looks Set For 2nd Round With Half Results In

Sierra Leone’s presidential election results were too close to call after half the votes had been counted on Saturday, with the two front runners neck-and-neck, making a second round likely. Ex-foreign minister Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress and rival Julius Maada Bio, a former junta leader and candidate of the Sierra Leone […]

Sierra Leone to Vote Amid Discontent Over Ebola, Iron Ore

Sierra Leone to Vote Amid Discontent Over Ebola, Iron Ore

Sierra Leone will hold elections on Wednesday in which an unprecedented number of political parties will compete as discontent over the government’s handling of an economy battered by the Ebola outbreak has soared.  The vote marks a departure from a decades-old tradition that mainly divided the balance of power between the All People’s Congress and […]

30 Percent Quota Abandoned For Women In Sierra Leone

30 Percent Quota Abandoned For Women In Sierra Leone

Women’s groups in the country have expressed dissatisfaction with President Ernest Bai Koroma’s failure to fulfil his promise to ensure that women acquire thirty percent quota in all aspects of governance in Sierra Leone. In 2010 President Koroma, during celebrations to mark International Women’s Day in Moyamba Town, Southern Sierra Leone, apologised to women in […]

Female Presidential Candidate Rocks Western Rural District

Female Presidential Candidate Rocks Western Rural District

Residents of Kalitown community in outskirt of Freetown over the weekend met with the sole female presidential candidate of the Unity Party, Madam Femi Claudius-Cole, and pledged their support to her ahead of the 2018 elections. Speaking to the mammoth gathering, Madam Claudius-Cole expressed delight at the warm reception from the community, as she underlined […]

Sierra Leone’s First Lady Gets To Grips With Child Marriage

Sierra Leone’s First Lady Gets To Grips With Child Marriage

The first lady of Sierra Leone says she is a “hands-on woman” with a sure-fire strategy to tackle child marriage – she visits elders across the land and urges them to wield influence and prolong the nation’s childhood. “I’m a hands-on woman,” Sia Nyama Koroma told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “I go myself, leave my […]

Brushing Off Abuse, Sierra Leone’s Female Football Chief Seeks Second Term

Brushing Off Abuse, Sierra Leone’s Female Football Chief Seeks Second Term

She has been called a prostitute by her peers, manhandled in public and received countless death threats, but Sierra Leone’s football chief Isha Johansen refuses to buckle in pursuit of her goal of developing women’s and girls football across Africa. One of only two women worldwide to currently head a football association, Johansen is nearing […]

SA Pledges R8 Million For Sierra Leone

SA Pledges R8 Million For Sierra Leone

South Africa has pledged R8 million to assist Sierra Leone following deadly mudslides, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Wednesday. “We are announcing an initial financial contribution of R8 million for humanitarian assistance through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This contribution is for the provision of materials for temporary shelters, […]

‘Women Are Sidelined In The Award Of Party Symbols’ In Sierra Leone

‘Women Are Sidelined In The Award Of Party Symbols’ In Sierra Leone

As the March 2018 presidential and parliamentary elections draw closer, one of the female flagbearer aspirants for the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC), Hon. Rev. Marie Yansaneh, has told Concord Times in an exclusive interview that, women were always sidelined by political parties in the award of party symbols. The erstwhile Member of Parliament (MP) […]

Over 150 Women Benefit From Amr Gold Agricultural Support In Sierra Leone

Over 150 Women Benefit From Amr Gold Agricultural Support In Sierra Leone

As part of its drive to support women’s empowerment through increased agricultural productivity AMR Gold a leading Exploration Company in Sierra Leone, has provided agricultural support to over one hundred and fifty women in six villages in Bombali District. This move was to help support local farmers’ engaged in agricultural productivity through planting of groundnut, […]

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