The Government and women of Sierra Leone decided to give a strategic focus to this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, the annual event that on March the 8th celebrates achievements whilst advocating for the further development of women’s rights.
To mark the occasion, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma and the First Lady, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma, drew in a high-powered delegation from around the world, led by the Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Dr Kandeh Yumkella, and his team, to engage with a broad range of stakeholders on critical issues facing women in Sierra Leone, as well as highlight realities of other global development challenges including health, energy access, climate change and the post-2015 Development Agenda.
Madam Cherie Blair flew in to launch the Organization of Women’s Network for Entrepreneurs (OWNERS), an initiative by her very own foundation for women alongside the African Foundation for Development Sierra Leone (AFFORD-SL).
International Women’s Day, whose theme for 2013 has been “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum”, has been declared as a public holiday in Sierra Leone. The President added to the occasion by introducing a range of changes that address the various gender issues, including representation in parliament.