By Alhaji Haruna Sani & Abubakar Tarawally (intern)
SEND Sierra Leone is set to hold a female leaders conference, which, according to them is a thoughtfully crafted platform designed to unite and strengthen the capabilities of female leaders across Sierra Leone.
The upcoming Female Leaders Conference is scheduled on the 5th and 6th of September 2023, at the Freetown City Council Auditorium.
Briefing newsmen about the proposed female leaders conference on Thursday at the Gem Hall on John Street in Freetown, Brima Mansaray, acting head of Governance Program SEND SL, said the female conference reflects SEND Sierra Leone and its donor in their unweaving dedication to creating an environment, that is characterize by equality and inclusion that focus on ethical and transformative leadership.
Reading from a press release, Mansaray said their main goal is to collectively address some of the key challenges that shape the country’s future, and carefully nurture ethical, responsive, responsible and transformative leadership that is vital for good governance in Sierra Leone. He further that the conference will serve as a platform for Positive discussions, a catalyst for Women’s Empowerment, and a driver for gender equality.
“This conference serves as a platform for positive discussions, a catalyst for women’s empowerment, and a driver for gender equality. It goes beyond political differences to foster dialogue and engagement that promotes unity and shared progress among appointed and elected female leaders throughout Sierra Leone,’’ he reads.
He informed the press that the conference will be shooting for 300 participants, which will comprise- 166 councilors from across Sierra Leone, and across all political Parties, 42 female Members of Parliament, including the female Paramount Chiefs MPs, 21 female ministers and their deputies, 13 deputy mayors and Chairpersons will be in attendance.
“Our vision is one where female leaders armed with knowledge, insight and skills from this conference, actively contribute to the country’s decision making processes,” he read.
Wurie Kargbo, Communications Manager SEND Sierra Leone said the Conference’s schedule includes panel discussions on transformative and ethical leadership, nurturing resilience and mental well-being among female leaders.
Kargbo emphasized the importance of ethical and transformative leadership in shaping the nation’s journey towards equitable development for all persons, including the marginalized and vulnerable in Sierra Leone.
Advocacy Advisor, Alhaji Musa Kamara, explains that the bedrock of SEND Sierra Leone is built on dialogue, Collaboration, and Capacity building. He emphasize that the conference is never a platform for political dialogue and that attendees will only be there in their capacity as female leaders.
“We proudly extend an invitation to female leaders across various sectors-from politics and business to academia and civil society, with the principle of collaboration, Empowerment, and collective progress.