The 50/50 group in Sierra Leone on Friday trained Journalists on the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Sierra Leone. The training is part of a project funded by The World Justice project through the American Bar Association (ABA) .
Addressing Journalists at the their Main Motor Road headquarters in Freetown, past President and Founder of 50/50 Dr Nemata Majeks- Walker said that her organization was successful in getting a second project, The Rule of Law and Human Rights in Sierra Leone from the World Justice Project.
She added “we were the only group to win two projects out of 36 projects for funding out of 66 applications world wide.The main objective she noted, was to train 20 media practitioners on the Rule of Law and Human Rights in Sierra Leone and to also equipped them with skills and knowledge for them to cascade this training all over the country.The past President recalled that in January 2008, the current President of the organization, Harriet Turay, herself and Justice Thola Thompson were among participants who attended the World Justice Program organized by ABA in Accra, Ghana. Dr Majeks Walker further explained that at the end of the workshop, participants were encouraged to write project proposals based on some of the issues that had been discussed and would make relevant impact on the way the Rule of Law is practiced in their countries.Thus, the idea for the first project –Justice for Women one was born and this involved the simplification of the three Gender Justice Acts that were passed in 2007, to make them user-friendly for people, especially women and those who are expected to interpret the law in rural settings, such as the traditional rulers or elders, police and magistrates. These Acts were simplified to enable our largely illiterate population to understand them, she said.She further noted that the outcome of this first project was the suggestion to translate and record these acts into four major languages – Krio, Mende, Temne and Limba to enable the majority of the population who cannot converse in English and read in their own language to be able to listen to these acts. A pre-testing of the translated and recorded versions of the three simplified Gender Acts was held on 21 May at the 50/50 headquarters. Lecturers at the training were Babatunde Walker, Abator Thomas and Emmanuel Bartholomew a lecturer at the Fourah Bay College (FBC). A representative from ABA also took part in the training.