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Women’s organizations unite to fight Ebola

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Regina Pratt

A number of women’s organizations in the country have formed a movement called ‘Women Rise Up Against Ebola’ to help in the fight against the dreaded disease which has killed more than a thousand Sierra Leoneans.

The movement, which include farmers, parliamentarians, bike riders, market women, chiefs, politicians, civil servants, disabled groups and house wives, among others, hosted a press conference on Tuesday (25 November) at the secretariat of the Constitutional Review Committee.

In her statement, movement chairperson, Elizabeth Mans, said they are not oblivious of the fact that they have an obligation to help eradicate the virus in the country.

“The movement of our women traders and housewives from one place to another is of grave concern, which is why we decided to form this movement. Our children are not in school and we want them to be in school. Our businesses have dwindled down and this is affecting our homes,” she said.

Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, said the outbreak has affected the agricultural sector significantly, as according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the country will face food shortage in the coming years.

“We have more women in farming activities, but because of this Ebola scourge almost all farming activities have stopped,” she said.

Chairlady of the Market Women Association, Marie Bob-Kandeh, revealed that some 250 traders have lost their lives since the outbreak of the Ebola, adding, “If this trend continues we will have a lot of orphans, widows and widowers.”

Earlier, chairperson of the event, Hon. Veronica Kadi Sesay said, “We have to come together as women and fight this disease because there is no school and social activities as a result of Ebola. If women take the lead, we can do it.”

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