March 11, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Non-governmental organization GOAL Sierra Leone has supported two of its partner organizations – Initiative for Children and Youth Improvement (ICYI-SL) and the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers (SLSAV) – to raise public awareness on social, political and economic achievements of women, as part of celebrating International Women’s Day in Freetown.
With the international theme for this year’s celebration being “Make It Happen”, ICYI-SL and SLSAV agreed to contextualise a sub-theme: “Celebrating Women as natural survivors during and after the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone”, through a campaign called “Pin-up A woman Today to make her Proud”.
The two organisations on Monday (9 March) commenced a public pin-up exercise of women to say a “big thank you” to them through a symbolic presentation of purple pin-ups in Freetown.
According to ICYI Director, Ibrahim Mansaray, the initiative will celebrate women as natural survivors because they have suffered a lot, especially during the brutal rebel war.
“Our women have suffered a lot and we think they should be recognised. With support from Goal Ireland, we decided to pin-up 1,000 women in the city to celebrate them as natural survivors,” he said and urged all and sundry to give women the attention and support they need.
Mr. Mansaray said they would push to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women in Sierra Leone and the world over.
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Some of the women commended ICYI-SL and SLSAV for recognising the role women have played in the country’s development and also the suffering they went through during the civil conflict.
“We appreciate the purple pin-ups given to us by ICYI-SL and SLAV,” they said.