Following a national Peace Building conference on the involvement of women and youths in the national Peace Building processes organized by CAUSE Canada Sierra Leone in partnership with Civil society organizations, a communiqué adopted at the conference has been formally launched in Freetown.
The communiqué proffers a good number of recommendations bordering on the involvement of women and youth in Peace Building process in war torn Sierra Leone. These two sets of people that constitute the bulk of Sierra Leone’s population have for too long been marginalized in the process of decision making and implementation. The recommendations are meant to be effectively implemented by government and all stakeholders involved in the Peace Building process of the country.
The six page communiqué was launched at the ENCISS office at Kingharman Road Freetown yesterday by the chairman of the Human Right Commission Sierra Leone, Mr.Edward Sam. In his keynote address Mr Sam congratulated CAUSE Canada for taking such a bold step to bring together civil society organizations to put the communiqué together.He stated that Sierra Leone has over the years failed to uphold the tenets of human rights and as a result violated all of the international Human Rights treaties of which the country is a signatory. He also mentioned that most of the issues highlighted in the communiqué are in concert with Volume two of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations which seeks to address the involvement of women and youths in decision making.
The country Director for CAUSE Canada, Mr.Arthur Cummings in his statement noted that women and children should be given the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest. He said CAUSE Canada has provided skills training for a good number of illiterate women in the Koinadugu district. He added that the skills training will help to capacitate the women in using their skills to get their living. The country Director also intimated that his organization has also engaged in the fight against maternal mortality in the Moyamba district. He pledged his team’s support to help promote better life for the people of Sierra Leone.
The launching was witnessed by the Executive Director of the Attitudinal Change Secretariat, Mr.Philip Conteh, the Governance Officer of UNIPSIL, Israel Jigba and a number of civil society activists and women organizations.