Women Cry For 30% Quota


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Director of Gender in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Charles Vandi has disclosed that the 30% quota for women representatives has not yet been granted by government.

According to the Director of Gender, the 30% quota is part of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report aimed at increasing women’s participation in governance.

Mr. Charles Vandi said they failed in their first attempt to put an end to gender-related cases among women, noting that there is high rate of sexual violence in the country because, according to him, they failed to reduce sexual violence in all their plans.

He assured that the Directorate intends to embark on a nationwide sensitization programme to get the views of different women organizations with regards the 30% quota.

A woman activist, Madam Bainda Massaquoi averred that all women must be involved in the debate on the way forward to get their 30% quota and also the fight against sexual violence.

She emphasized that all facets of women must be involved in the advocacy and called on government to make the 30% quota a reality.