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PRESS RELEASE – THE 50/50 GROUP IN COLLABORATION WITH ACTION AID (SL)

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE To all Media Houses

Freetown, Sierra Leone

THE 50/50 GROUP, IN COLLABORATION WITH ACTION AID (SL) HOLDS A ONE DAY DIALOGUE FORUM IN FREETOWN TO SENSITIZE POLITICAL PARTIES ON GENDER ISSUES IN ELECTION AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GIVE SYMBOLS TO A AT LEAST 30 PERCENT OF WOMEN IN THEIR PARTIES AND PLACE WOMEN IN WINNABLE SEATS

The 50/50 Group, a non-partisan campaign for more women in politics and public life, in collaboration with Action Aid (SL) is holding a one-day dialogue forum for leaders and executive members of political parties at the 50/50 Group’s Headquarters, 50 OAU Drive, Tower Hill, on Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 8.30 am. The aim is to hold a frank dialogue with the executive of the political parties on gender issues in elections and to identify the challenges faced by women within the parties. It is hoped that women aspirants will have the opportunity to hold face-to-face discussions with party executive members.

The Forum has the following objectives:

To discuss with Political Party Leaders and other stake-holders gender issues in elections and to increase their understanding of the national, regional and international commitments and obligations of the country related to women’s participation in decision-making;

To focus on the role of political parties in advancing the participation of women in elections

To show political parties the importance of giving symbols to at least 30 percent of women in their parties and placing women in winnable seats

The expected results are as follows:

Increased understanding of political party leaders and other stake-holders on gender issues in elections and the need to nominate and support women candidates;

Increased support of political parties of women to ensure that they vie as candidates in various posts in the forthcoming elections and succeed;

Increased support of women candidates in the party so they can be elected into parliament, councils and other leadership positions;

Increased awareness of political party leaders and other stake-holders on the national, regional and international commitments and obligations of the country related to women’s participation in decision-making organs and gender equality (e.g. CEDAW, Africa Women’s Protocol, ECOWAS and Maputo Protocol etc);

Recognition by political parties that women play a key role in the country’s development and the party’s electoral successes.

Greater numbers of women nominated to stand for various political offices

Strengthened networking opportunities and cooperation of women within and across political parties

There will be a Press Conference on Wednesday 19th December 2017, The media is invited to attend.

For further information please contact

Dr. Fatou Taqi – President The 50/50 Group 078655998

Dr. Nemata Majeks-Walker, Founder & First President – 076 601269

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