The Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) yesterday started a capacity building training of women candidates for the up-coming local government elections in July at the National Stadium Atlantic Hall in Freetown.
In her statement the Assistant Secretary Gender Division from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Aminata Yema Kamara said that, women’s empowerment in the political leadership in our country is crucial to the overall development of our nation.
She added that, all over the world women’s representation in politics and decision making has become an issue that generates controversy.
Mrs. Kamara noted that, equality in political decision – making performs a leverage function without which it is highly unlikely that a real integration of the equality dimension in government policy making is feasible.
The Assistant Secretary stressed that women’s equal participation in political life plays a pivotal role in the general process of the advancement of women.
“The low proportion of women among economic and political decision makers at the local, national, regional and international level reflect structural and attitudinal barriers that need to be addressed through positive measures” said Mrs. Kamara.
She accentuated that by denying women of their full economic and political rights, in effect makes it impossible for such population to contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
Making a statement, UNIOSIL Gender specialist Mrs. Enshra Ahmed said that, the number of female candidates is low but that she hoped that this number will make it through.
She explained that it is important to have a good number of women in Parliament and in the local councils.
Giving an overview of the training, the National chairperson of the forum Network Mrs. Rosaline McCarthy said that, it is to help women candidates acquire skills in order for them to succeed.
She outlined what local government and decentralization is all about, strategies for campaigning, public speaking, presentation and communications skills, using the media, gender audit of systems , network and caucausing (experience sharing) and conflict management are topics that they will lecture the candidates on.