The Women’s Forum Sierra Leone and the Mano River Union Women’s Peace Network Sierra Leone Chapter have held a regional sensitization meeting on the Nairobi Declaration on Women’s and Children’s right to remedy and reparation at the Kenema District Council Hall along Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema.
Giving a brief background and an overview of the sensitization meeting, the national chairperson of the Women’s Forum Rosaline McCarthy noted that the Nairobi declaration was as a result of an International meeting on Women and children’s right to remedy and reparation held in Nairobi, Kenya from the 9th to 21st March 2007.
She reiterated that the Nairobi Declaration states that, women and children’s right should not be violated and that reparation is an integral part of the process facing societies recovering from armed conflicts ensuring that history does not repeat itself.
She said that impunity against women and children should stop, adding that they should work collectively for reparation in order to restore the dignity of women.
The Chairperson of the National Women’s Forum described the participants as been fortunate and therefore pleaded with them to share the knowledge they gained to those who were not fortunate to attend the seminar in the interest of all.
The Mayor of Kenema City Council, Brima Kargbo described the meeting as a positive move on the part of the women and children, and pledged council’s fullest support to the project disclosing that the present city council has women as councilors and others in key positions.
Mayor Kargbo called on the government and other Non-Governmental Organizations to put premium on girl child education, noting that “when you educate a woman you have educated the nation”.
Mrs. Sonia Kambi Kabia a member of MAWOPNET, in her contribution disclosed that the project is funded by the Canadian government and aims at helping women and children through the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)