Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a dedicated effort to empower marginalized formerly incarcerated women, AdvocAid recently orchestrated a crucial meeting with the dynamic group known as “Go Bifo” women at its headquarters on Bright Street in Freetown.
The ‘Go Bifo’ women’s group, established by AdvocAid, aims to equip formerly incarcerated women with the tools necessary for transformative change. The ultimate goal is to facilitate their rehabilitation into communities as resilient and empowered individuals with brighter prospects.
The meeting unfolded as a strategic endeavor, showcasing AdvocAid’s commitment to empowering those at risk of further hardship and discrimination post-detention. It delved into the core values of the group’s seven-year plan, emphasizing six key strategic directions that serve as a roadmap for the federation’s purpose and activities, ensuring a holistic and impactful approach to women’s empowerment.
A significant outcome of the meeting was the establishment of social media accounts for the group, marking the inception of the National Federation of ‘Go Bifo’ Women (NFGBW). This new umbrella body is set to provide governance and support, facilitating a unified national presence.
According to AdvocAid’s Project Officer, Madam Fatmata L. Bah, plans are underway to extend the group across different regions, amplifying their outreach and impact. As the vision expands, Madam Bah highlighted the necessity of forming an executive team to occupy crucial positions in the emerging NFGBW. This step aligns with the impending creation of a national constitution to achieve effective governance.
Reinforcing the inclusive and participatory nature of the initiative, she explained that the formation of the executive team will be a democratic process based on nominations and subsequent voting for selected nominees to occupy various positions.
Madam Bah also provided insights into the group’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM), where members from different districts, including Bo, Makeni, and Kabala, will play integral roles. She disclosed that during the AGM, each district will be responsible for decorating the hall, presenting dramas or skits, showcasing pastry skills, and creating crafts to illustrate the achievements resulting from the support of funding partners.
In her words, this initiative is not merely about empowerment; it is about creating a platform for women to stand up, transform their lives, and claim their rights.
Speaking to Awoko, one of the members of ‘Go Bifo’ Women stressed the importance of unity in their journey toward empowerment. She believes that unity is a powerful force for change, highlighting how standing together can bring about transformation. “This collective strength not only empowers us but also sends a strong message to society about our shared commitment to overcoming challenges and creating positive change,” she added. PSN/17/11/2023