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Friday, May 20, 2022

Ipas engages WIMSAL on CEDAW

By Hawa Amara 

Ipas International Sierra Leone, in collaboration with Advocacy Movement Network (AMNET), yesterday trained Women in the Media in Sierra Leone (WIMSAL) on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Speaking at the training hosted at Ipas offices at Edward Street, Programme Gender Coordinator of AMNET, Aminata Koroma, said the training was to empower women on how to advocate for the full implementation of CEDAW.

She noted that the CEDAW entered into force as an international treaty on 3rd September 1981 after its ratification by the twentieth country, and during the tenth anniversary of the Convention in 1989, almost 100 nations had agreed to be bound by its provision.  She said the Convention was enunciated in a bid to monitor the situation of women and to promote their right globally.

She said article one of the CEDAW proclaims that the United Nations can achieve international cooperation in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the entitlement of everyone’s equality before the law and to the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction of any kind and proceeds to sex, among the grounds of impermissible distinction, she said.

She said the instrument also binds ratifying states to undertake to ensure that women and men have equal enjoyment of all established rights.

Also, Country Representation of Ipas, Valarie Tucker, said that women have the right to be protected against cruel treatment. She maintained that unsafe abortion was a major public health concern in Sierra Leone, as well as being a human right concern.

She revealed that each year, while 210 million women become pregnant, 130 million deliver live births and 41 million are subjected to unsafe abortion. She noted that abortion should be safe and available to women who may be in need of it, without having to be punished by law.

President of WIMSAL, Mrs. Asma James said the group has a mandate to seek the welfare of female journalists in particular and women in general, in the country.

She said the government of Sierra Leone would submit the CEDAW report in Geneva, Switzerland, next week, and that it was timely and appropriate for WIMSAL to partner with Ipas to train female journalists across the country on CEDAW.

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