The Programme Officer of a local NGO, The Movement for Resettlement and Rural Development (MORRD) Eddie Korjie has informed the Press in Kenema that 56 women in five targeted Chiefdoms are to benefit from the “Leh we tok “ project.
The Chiefdoms are: Kandu Leppiama, Dodo, Small-Bo, Simbaru and Lower Bambara the Kenema District.
He disclosed that MORRD in partnership with Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) and the Overseas Development Institutes (ODI) has started the implementation of a pilot governance project aimed at empowering women to participate in politics at Local Council levels.
He said the project will also strengthen citizen engagement especially women in politics at Local levels adding that MORRD is collaborating with other civil society organizations in making the objective of the project achievable. Eddie Korjie also said women’s participation in national and local politics is still low and hopes that the project will help to increase the involvement of women in governance across the targeted areas of the project. Contributing the Programme Supervisor of MORRD Milton Dassama called on political heads to give leadership responsibilities to women as they have a vital role to play in national development.
He also disclosed that ‘Leh We Tok’ is a five years project which will help to address tradition and cultural barriers that militates against women’s participation in politics.