AU Watch

Women as Leaders & Political Participants in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, AU Watch works with several organisations to strengthen women’s leadership skills and to raise their participation in political decision-making and in handling security issues. This programme’s long-term objective is to make women’s lives safer and to increase their influence on political decision-making.

Activities & results

Lobbying & Advocacy

AU Watch organized a training course for 30 women on the role of women in fostering Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 calls for a more inclusive society where all the citizens are actively involved in decision making in all aspects and where no child, woman or man is left behind or excluded, on the basis of gender, political affiliation, religion, ethnic affiliation, locality, age or other factors. Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 calls for “an Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.”

The women also took part in exercises that helps to unpack what Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 is saying.

 

Network

We stimulate contact between women in local, national and regional leadership positions by promoting solidarity among women. We promote linkages and partnerships between local civil society organisations, potential women leaders, women within the government and security sector, etc.

Training courses and coaching

We help Sierra Leonean organisations working to increase women’s role in peace and security. We offer coaching and courses in practical skills such leadership skills and lobbying & advocacy. In training and coaching potential and existing women leaders, we increase opportunities for women in Sierra Leone to take part in political decision-making. We also work on increasing participation in and gaining better access to the security services.