Three women – Assistant Chief of Defence Staff in charge of personnel and training Brigadier Kestoria Kabia, Honorable Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh and Inspector Esther Kamara have received awards from the Zonta Club of Freetown for their outstanding achievements in society.
The award ceremony which took place at the Zonta office in Freetown was part of the celebration to mark the International Women’s Day.
In her welcome address, the club Vice President Eileen Hanciles noted that Zonta is made up of professional, executive and business women who are playing leading roles in their areas.
She added “the Club has embarked on a lot of initiatives after the war like rehabilitating the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) and Ward four of the Connaught hospital there by reducing infant maternal and mortality rate in the country”.
Hanciles maintained that Zonta Club has also engaged in tree planting and also helped the City Council to clean up the city. However, she stated that there are very few women in leadership in this country, and “these women we want to encourage them.”
In her address, the Club President, Junetta Ayo Macauley noted, our aim is to advance the status of women country wide and also reduce the violence against women and girls.
Macauley emphasized that these three women were awarded due to their excellent performance and skills in their areas of work and who have played a role in the country. She also stressed the need for an effective implementation of the three Gender Acts.
Reading the Citation of the award Oreh Awoonor Renner stated that Zonta Club recognizes the outstanding achievements of Kestoria Kabia whom she described as loyal not only to Sierra Leone but the world as a whole. She pointed out that Kabia has become the first woman to become a Brigadier in the Military.
To Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh, Awoonor Renner described her as the breaker of precedence and noted that Jalloh was the first woman to become Chief Justice in Sierra Leone.
Also, to Insepector Esther Kamara she pointed out you are among the outstanding women in the country. She stated that Inspector Kamara has fought for women and girls that are being abused by people.
In her speech, Kestoria Kabia thanked members of the Club for the award and called on young educated women to join the Military. It is left with us women to take our rightful positions in the country if we say we are 52% of the population, said Kabia.
Inspector Kamara assured all women that as long as she lives she will push forward the issue of women especially in areas of violence.
Justice Umu Hawa Tejan Jalloh said no doubt with your prayers and good wishes I will continue to live to your expectations.