Young women who were interviewed as much as they were tired and some waiting for long hours were excited to be voting and knew their voice mattered. One thing I noticed was that though there were many women's activist groups there was a divide between many of them, and if this gap was changed things would be better for women. As far as political participation, the buzz around Freetown was that the women's political participation rate had dropped and women's rights activists though upset about it knew that the work must still continue and expressed that they were determined to make sure that happened.
In the next five years Sierra Leone will have another round of elections. My question is how much would things have changed for women? will there be more women in political parties? The work has to start now as many women and political aspirants echoed, "we cannot wait until the elections to begin the work". That said I am wishing and hoping for more political engagement on the hands of our Sierra Leone sisters, as rome was not built in a day, I am sure it will take time but change is on the horizon. In the mean time we say congratulations to a re-election of Mr Earnest Bai Koroma and we look forward to progress in our country for women and other citizens of our country.
|Women waiting in line to vote|
|Banner at the women's situation room|
|Key women stakeholders in Sierra Leone|
|Media campaign ads with a female perspective|