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‘Women are vulnerable & at high risk of contracting Ebola’

- President of KWiGN

OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

President of the Kailahun Women in Governance Network (KWiGN) has said that Sierra Leonean women are vulnerable and at high risk of contracting the deadly Ebola disease because they look after the sick at home and also engage in domestic activities.

Madam Lucy Foray Gondor told Concord Times that the present situation of women in the country in relation to the Ebola epidemic is similar to the suffering they went through during the 11 years civil war, noting: “Our numbers have reduced drastically as many women have lost their lives, including some children.”

 She stated that the lives of their children, especially girls, are at stake simply because “education is presently going down the drains” as most of their daughters have been impregnated; a situation she said has led to the high rate of teenage pregnancy in the Kailahun District and beyond.

“This is a major challenge in the post-Ebola period. Children are not doing anything at the moment, which exposes them to all funny acts,” lamented Madam Gondor. “Education in this part of the country is very poor, especially among the women. The little educated women in the district, including the female nurses and women leaders, are the ones dying as a result of the Ebola outbreak.”

She, however, commended the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and their partners for introducing the radio educational programme, which she said will help keep their children focused on their studies as they await the reopening of schools.

Regarding the operation of the network, the KWiGN president explained that they focus mainly on governance and other related issues, targeting poor and marginalised women in society with the aim of ensuring that they play a vital role in leadership and governance matters.

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