The vibrant women’s rights organization the 50/50 Group last Friday officially turned the sod for the construction of a multi-purpose building at Tower Hill, near Jesus is Lord Ministry, Freetown.
The building designed by T&S Architects, Engineers and Builders will be the first training institute for women in West Africa. The projected money for the building is valued at $1.5 Million.
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) based in Accra, Ghana has given $100,000 (one hundred thousand United States Dollars) for the construction of a hall which will take about 300 people and three offices.
Past President and Founder of the Group, Dr Nemata Majeks- Walker told reporters at the building site, that her organization is going to launch a fund raising campaign for the construction of the building.
She added that the building when constructed will be the first women leadership training institute in West Africa aimed at empowering women to enable them take strategic places in decision making process.
The Past President maintained that because the government recognized the work they are doing, the land given to them to build is located in a strategic area closer to Parliament.
Dr Majeks-Walker reiterated that the funds they received from AWDF, planting of trees fund raising, subscriptions and donations made by their membership have enabled them to finance the first floor of the building.
She also stated that they need more money as the second floor of the building will be a dormitory of about 30 rooms to house women from the provinces or from the West African sub region for training programs.
“We in the 50/50 Group are very strong and positive women and we are sure to fulfill our dreams.”
Thomas Koroma an Architect from T& S, believed that the 50/50 group is a well thought initiative which will bring women to the fore front.
He stated that, the first phase of the building will be completed in October and the entire plan of the building will be completed to meet the celebrations of Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence anniversary.
Mr. Koroma encouraged the women to raise more funds for the construction of the other phases.
The group President Harriet Turay said the training institute will build the confidence of women when they get into positions of responsibilities.
Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh applauded the Group and hoped that the plan of the building would be accomplished. She pledged her continued support to the Group.
Second President of the Group, Abator Thomas, thanked the Chief Justice for her support and other women’s group.
Talabi Aisie Lucan and Daphne Olu Williams stated that women are not to be trampled upon but to be respected. They stated that the dreams of the women in Sierra Leone are being realized.
The Group is calling on all to support them to achieve their dreams.