Concord Times (Freetown)

11 February 2013

Sierra Leone: UN Women Hands Over Equipment to WCP

The United Nations Women on Friday at the YWCA new hall in Freetown handed over office equipment to the Women Caucus Platform (WCP).

A representative of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs, Charles Vandi, said the closing of the Women Situation Room is the beginning moment of the WCP. His ministry, he said, is working hard to have the Gender Equality Bill enacted into law and that they are also advocating for women to play a key role in the political governance of the state as well as working towards the elimination of violence against women and children.

Guest of honour, Dr. Josephine Odera -Regional Director of UN Women, said the women of Sierra Leone fought very hard to bring peace to the country, adding that UN Women has applied more efforts in bringing women together.

"The Women Situation Room is now moving on to Women Caucus Platform. This time we want to see Sierra Leone grow," she said.

Dr. Oderanoted that within the next five years women of Sierra Leone should be able to achieve 50% representation in parliament to strengthen their capacity.

Receiving the equipment on behalf of the caucus, Rosaline McCarthy thanked the UN Women for their continued support, noting that the organization had been with them from Women Situation Room up to its transformation to Women Caucus Platform.

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