July 11, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL) has urged the Chief Justice and members of the Local Courts Service Committee to recruit more women to fill vacancies in the local courts across the country.
“CARL urges the Chief Justice and members of the Local Court Service Committee to recruit more women to fill vacancies in the nearly 300 courts across the country,” says Executive Director of CARL, Ibrahim Tommy.
He told a presser at their Upper Brook Street office that women’s empowerment has been at the centre of their advocacy for a decade.
Mr.Tommy said Sierra Leone’s development framework would remain incomplete, unless women are empowered through formal education and skills development, as well as by allowing them to participate in decision-making processes.
He noted that CARL welcomed the recent appointment of the three ladies to the superior court of judicature in Sierra Leone and that he was genuinely excited about the contributions they and other female judges /magistrates will continue to make in the justice sector.
“For more than a decade, CARL and its funding partners, especially TROCAIRE, have undertaken extensive advocacy aimed at empowering women and enhancing access to justice and accountability for sexual and gender based crimes,” he said, adding that “The recent appointments gives us hope that our advocacy efforts are bearing fruits. The government and other private sector agencies should take the queue by recruiting more women.
Mr. Tommy stated that women’s participation in the justice system was extensively important especially when adjudicating on sexual and gender based matters as victims would be more confident to stand before a female judge or a magistrate to share their story.
He said they were also encouraging women to show up for positions of parliamentary seats and other political positions as it was evident that women are less corrupt than men.