By Ibrahim Tarawallie
With support from United Nations Women, the Devil Hole Uprising Women Organization yesterday commenced a week-long training on gender sensitive micro-development and management for women entrepreneurs.
The training, held at Konta Line in the Western Area Rural District, brought together participants from different communities in Freetown to discuss issues pertaining to business.
According to Marie Bob-Kandeh, the training was a replication of a similar one they had participated in, in Senegal. She said that during the course of the training participants will be taught how to establish Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) businesses, as well as adding value to their business to attract more customers.
“We will also educate participants about hierarchy in the government. They will also be put into groups to develop products which will be used to make exhibition at the end of the training,” she said.
Also, a representative from UN Women, Melrose Kargbo, noted that the training is the beginning of many to be held across the country.
She said her organisation seeks to promote issues affecting women and their economic empowerment, ending violence, as well as ensuring that women participate actively in the peace-building process.
“If women are not fully empowered, it will be difficult for them to make meaningful contributions in programs of development,” she noted.
In his keynote address, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Atila, stated that certain provisions in the laws of the country are discriminatory to women.
He said the training comes at the right time because during the celebration of International Women’s Day, government emphasised the need for women’s economic empowerment.
He revealed that the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Bill has been drafted and will soon be taken to Cabinet for approval before it is tabled in Parliament for enactment.