BRAC Commemorates International Women’s day in a grand-style


March 13, 2019


On Friday, 8th March 2019; Brac Sierra Leone supported Hope Girls Network and SMART Women’s Initiative, to commemorate the International Women’s Day, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The international Women’s day is being celebrated annually across the globe, to raise awareness on the well-being, development, promotion and protection of Women/Girls rights.
Both organizations (Hope Girls Network and SMART Women’s Initiative) organized separate events which attracted representatives from the Union of People Living with disabilities, pupils from various schools within Freetown, female lawyers and Eminent Media personalities in Sierra Leone.

During the ceremony, participants also benefitted from a one-on-one dialogue session with the representative from the Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social Justice (LAWYERS), who gave an insight on the legal framework in the protection of women and girls in Sierra Leone, with brief information on process and procedures on how to seek legal redress as a victim or survivor of sexual and Gender based violence or any social injustice.

Delivering her keynote address, Mrs. Jenneh Gbao – Program Manager (ELA), emphasized the fact that BRAC as an organization is focused on influencing effective and efficient implementation of laws and policies on the overall well-being and development of women/girls in Sierra Leone and beyond.

The Founder and Coordinator of SMART Women’s Initiative, Amira Catherine Koroma, noted that women’s empowerment is central to the socio- economic development of Sierra Leone. Therefore, much more needs to be done to ensure that the women of Sierra Leone, especially the adolescent girls are being given the opportunity to harness their full potentials; consequently, upholding their dignity and prestige within their communities and beyond.

Both events were climaxed by a never-to-be-forgotten traditional drama exhibition presented by BRAC Sierra Leone’s Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) Programme beneficiaries.