Sierra Leone: Can Women Make a Difference in the Local Government?

Mariama Kandeh – Concord Times (Freetown, Africa) – Tuesday 20 May, 2008

As the July 5 local council elections are drawing nearer, a low turn out of women to contest the elections has been observed. Although the factor responsible for this has not been identified -whether they are unwilling, poor, uneducated or marginalized, but it is expedient to ask if Salone women can make any difference at all in the local governments.

Can women in this part of Africa come up with unique agendas, interesting perspectives, styles and skills to local government? Women are not homogeneous.

Research for the study: “At the Coalface: Gender and Local Government in Southern Africa,” found overwhelming evidence that. . .

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