As their campaign is for more women in politics, the 50/50 will today hold a one-day seminar aimed at breaking the barriers and empowering women for effective participation in politics with special emphasis on the Local Council elections.
This training of trainers workshop, which will be done in collaboration with Action Aid, is to empower female candidates in the operating areas of both Action Aid and the 50/50 Group with the required skills to participate in Local council Elections.
It is also hoped that this will contribute to increase the number of women, especially those from the grassroots, who will win the forthcoming local council elections.
The women who will participate in this training will in turn hold one-day intensive workshops for candidates in Freetown and the provinces for the remaining target group. In addition to helping women identify ways in which they can overcome the barriers that prevent them from participating in politics, this training, is designed to provide women with political campaign skills.
The 50/50 Group will also hold practical communication skills workshop geared towards the empowerment of community women to participate in local council elections for women all over Sierra Leone.
The aim of this one-day, which is a training of trainers workshop, is to empower community women to participate in local council elections all over Sierra Leone with a view to increasing the number of women, especially those from the grassroots, who will win the forthcoming local council elections. Sensitisation about the women’s right to participate as candidates in elections through radio and TV stations throughout the country in the various local languages will also be part of the organisation’s aim of increasing more women in politics. Output of these will be measured through follow-up work that will be conducted to ascertain whether there is an increase in the number of local women who participated in the elections this year compared to previous elections. This training is part of the Madeleine K. Albright Grant which is part of NDI’s initiative of “Win with Women Global Initiative”, which promotes women’s political leadership worldwide.