A community-based Organization ‘Gbotima Women’s Development Association’ (GBOWODA) operating in the Kailahun district on Saturday 11th January, trained 25 women from selected female organizations in the district on leadership, social and political right at the Segbwema community hall in Jaluahun chiefdom Kailahun district.
The training according to the coordinator of GBOWODA Madam Fatmata Mabay will provide rural women with the required knowledge in leadership, civic education including social and political right. She says the training is supported by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) based in Ghana. Giving a brief background of the association the coordinator says the Gbotima women Development Association is a Community Based Organization (CBO) and was established in 2002 to help advocate for the empowerment of rural women in Kenema and Kailahun districts. Madam Fatmata Mabay disclosed that her organization in 2001 and in 2011 implemented similar programs for women in Kailahun and Kenema districts adding based on successful implementation of projects and performance records, the donor AWDF again supported them to undertake a similar project this year. The speaker of Njaluahun chiefdom chief Brima Musa who chaired the opening session of the training emphasised the importance of the training and called on the participants to treat it with utmost attention it deserved for the benefit of their personal wellbeing and the Sierra Leonean society. He commended the organizers to ensure continued engagement of the women on the project especially on issues that affect women. Mariama Gbao representing the women during the program encouraged her colleagues’ women to come together to fight for a common goal.
By Saffa Moriba