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‘Women’s right is paramount in national development’

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 

Young Women Advocacy Network in Sierra Leone (YOWAN-SL) has added to the many women’s groups in the country.

Formed in the central district of Freetown, YOWAN-SL is a network poised to embark on advocacy for women’s property rights, 30% quota for women in governance and the three Gender Acts.

Members say they would be lobbying to ensure the enactment of Women’s Property Rights into law, through dialogue with various stakeholders.

Speaking to the press after the organisation was established, National Coordinator, Madam Sally N. Adams said the network is a non-profitable organisation working to advocate for the most vulnerable in society – women, children, disabled – and to address other social issues in the country. She noted that they would focus on development, poverty reduction and gender promotion.

She maintained that there was an urgent need for all sectors in the country to contribute meaningfully to targeted developmental goals set by YOWAN-SL and to fight for gender parity and the inclusion of physically challenged persons at all levels.

In her contribution, National Secretary-General Mariama Kargbo said that development of young women and people with disabilities is fundamental to achieving the organisation’s goals. She said socio-economic, education development, child rights protection, prevention of early marriage and teenage pregnancy were very serious issues to address in the county.

According to Public Relation Officer Adama Sillah, the mission of the network is to help restore the dignity of young women in communities through effective implementation of programmes that would ensure sustainable livelihood development.