Women’s Rights

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Sierra Leone Youth Awareness (SiLeYa) is committed to the rights of women and girls, including full access to contraception and abortion services. Working for a society free from rape, forced/unwanted early marriages and other forms of patriarchal abuse, we are determined to end sex and gender discrimination. In keeping with the ethos of our mission statement, we are working to effectuate the following:

  • Creating a legal requirement that women should receive equal pay for equal work, and encouraging the development of community-based business cooperatives run by women and girls to alleviate gender inequalities
  • Increasing the enrollment of women and girls in all forms of education, from primary school to university by fostering an environment of inclusion and affirmative actions to increase levels of literacy, numeracy, and participation in higher education
  • Employment and diversity training to end all forms of workplace sexual harassment
  • Eradicating the practice of female genital mutilation, through education and community engagement
  • Enacting legislation providing legal protections for women’s basic rights over their own bodies, including affordable access to emergency contraception, long-term contraception medications, methods and devices (e.g. IUDs) and safe, legal abortion services
  • Reducing the population of women in prison, and improving their conditions while they are in prison. Conditions for women in Sierra Leone’s prisons are unacceptable, and we are committed to the rights of women in prison
  • Creating social and welfare services providing for the antenatal and postnatal care of pregnant women and new mothers, including regularized access to routine health care examinations, better hospital conditions and improved community-based nutritional education and access to quality foods
  • Ending the national ban on pregnant women and girls from attending school