The National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs on Saturday ended a two-day training session for elected local female councilors from the Western Urban and Western Rural at the Atlantic Hall, National Stadium in Freetown.
Giving the overview of the training, NDI Country Director, Honorine Muyoyeta said that the training aims at giving female councilors all the skills so that they can work effectively in the council.
She added that, they have also trained female councilors in Bo, Kenema and Bombali with a 99.9% attendance of councilors, but in Freetown the number of participants is not encouraging.
The Country Director pointed out that, NDI worked before the elections to help increase women’s political skills and effective participation as candidates, voters, and activists within civil society organizations and political parties.
Under the banner “Ep Bil Salone Wit Uman Dem” (Help Build Sierra Leone With Women), NDI and its partners trained 211 of 221 female candidates on campaign planning and message development, public speaking, and fundraising said the Country Director.
Giving an overview of local government, Mr Amara Sowa from Decentralization said that, the training is very relevant because it is going to create a lot of impact on the lives of the female councilors.
He noted that, local government is referred to as all those who are involved in the decision making process and managing their own resources.
Explaining why we need local government, Mr Sowa said that we need local government to increase political participation and to help government work effectively.
Mr. Sowa explained that the functions and roles of councilors are to maintain close contact with their wards, consult with members and to promote development activities in their locality.
Sharing her experiences, Hon. Grace Mwewa from Kenya explained how the active role she played had impacted on the life of women in Kenya.
By Christiana Cole