The African Women Leadership Institute Advocacy Agenda (AWAA) yesterday launched its handbook titled “Where are the women” at the presidential lounge at the National Stadium.
The handbook which features research on the skills and capacities of rural women in Sierra Leone was sponsored by ENCISS and makes recommendations on how the present state of women would be improved upon so that they (the women) would make a meaningful contribution in national development.
Officially launching the handbook Batu Jambawi said “we want to show where we are and what is our condition.”
She explained that women in Sierra Leone are doing so much but there activities are not recorded. The keynote speaker alleged that most often a time their ideas are often stolen, and they often end up in reports of the so called “experts” and the resources intended to benefit women organizations is usually spent on one person to do the work.
Batu Jambawi commended ENCISS and AWAA for a wonderful work done noting that data on women issues before now was hard to come by.
Madam Jambawi said research is vital because they want women to develop feminist consciousness, as well as defending the achievements and encourage activists to search for new goals.
The chairlady of the occasion Rosetta Shovola in her opening statement said her vision is to ensure that the present state of women in Sierra Leone moves to another level. She intimated that “in AWAA we are our sisters keeper,” noting that was why they went to all the regions to have first hand experience about the plight facing women, which they have used to proffer recommendations which are in the handbook.