By Jariatu Bangura
Girls’ Advocacy Network last Friday awarded Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai ‘Best Female Parliamentarian of the Year’.
Presenting the award, Executive Director of the organization, Patricia Kamara, said the organization selected 20 women across the country and that the Minority Leader was placed within the category for promoting girl child education and other development activities targeting women of all regions.
Kamara said her organization was established in 2010 and that the annual award ceremony was the first across the country, which targeted women and girls, especially those in the grassroots.
She implored all awardees to accept the award wholeheartedly as it symbolizes a milestone achievement in their lives and the country, and encouraged them to work harder in promoting the welfare and good works of women and girls in various communities.
In her response, Hon. Dr. Lahai commended the organization for awarding her, as the award signifies her work in promoting the good name of the country’s women and girls, pledging to continue to work in promoting women and girls’ issues.
She said that although she has received several awards, including the recent high profile presidential award, the current one was special as it underscores how young girls appreciate her good work in the emancipation of women and girls across the country, adding that women’s empowerment will help promote development in the country, provided women are given the opportunity to serve in key decision-making bodies.