The Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director (DED) of UN Women Asa Regner and Regional Director for West and Central Africa (WCARO) of UN Women Oulimata Sarr arrived in Sierra Leone through Gendema on the south-eastern Liberia-Sierra Leone border today, 29 June 2022. The team aims to strengthen and re-affirm UN Women's support toward the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls with a view to furthering advocacy and partnership in line with the development agenda of Sierra Leone and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Braving the difficulties of traveling by road in Africa, ASG/DED Asa Regner‘s decision to travel by road from Liberia to Sierra Leone is her selfless expression and indication of the length she can go in addressing issues affecting women’s equality and empowerment.
Upon arrival, ASG/DED Asa Regner and team were received by the UN Women Sierra Leone Head of Office, Setcheme Jeromnime Mongbo, and team and made a stopover in Bo City.
In Bo City, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Asa Regner, & Regional Director of West and Central Africa of UN Women, Oulimata Sarr, visited the Commit and Act Organisation to collaborate on survivor case studies and treatment for victims of #SGBV as part of government structures to prevent imprisonable crimes in support of GEWE. The Program Manager, Edmond Joebodie Brandon, is grateful to receive support from UN Women during the COVID-19 outbreak. Healthcare, livelihood capacity, psycho-social care, and shelters are made available to teenage mothers and victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) despite the organization’s mobility and infrastructural challenges.
“UN Women is committed to strengthening its existing partnerships to improve the quality of, and access to, comprehensive essential services for survivors of violence in Sierra Leone” ASG/DED Asa Regner said.
ASG/DED Asa Regner will meet with the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Brigadier (Retired) Dr. Julius Maada Bio, the Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, the Speaker of Parliament Dr. Abass Bundu, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs and Finance, members of the Female Parliamentary Caucus, and the Statistician-General of Statistics Sierra Leone. Additionally, she will meet with members of the Diplomatic Corps and Heads of the International Financial Institutions (IFI), development partners, civil society organizations, women, and youth groups in Sierra Leone. ASG/DED Asa Regner will also pay a courtesy call on the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Dr. Babatunde Ahonsi (Ph.D.), attend a special United Nations Country Team meeting and host a townhall-styled engagement with the UN Women team in the country.
She will give a keynote address at the 10th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights 2022 (ACSHR 2022) with a focus on the Generation Equality Forum and the European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative.
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Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh as Chairman of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) on Friday 27th May, 2022 joined the Agency and several government Ministers to bring essential relief items to the people of Gbense and Gbane Chiefdoms in the Kono District. It could be recalled that heavy storm on Saturday 7th May, 2022 destroyed over 35 houses including the central mosque in Ngandorhun, the chiefdom headquarters of Gbane.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who said he pursued his early education in Koidu, Gbense Chiefdom and district headquarters, explained the difficulties entailed in putting up a structure that takes several years with many assistance.The relief items the VP donated to the victims on behalf of the Agency included food items, soap, blankets and building materials respectively.
VP Jalloh, who conveyed a significant message of solidarity with the people of Gbense Chiefdom from His Excellency President Brig. (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio, reported how indigenes from the chiefdom living in the Diaspora contributed US$4,000 towards the relief. He also spoke of how the ruling SLPP included the idea of a National Disaster Management Agency into the party’s 2018 Election Manifesto and how since its establishment it has brought relief to over 25,000 households and numerous businesses and institutions hit by disasters.
VP Juldeh Jalloh averred that the rationale behind establishing the Agency is to touch the lives of people in need of help to recover from the shock of disaster, and to show how Government comes to the aid of its citizenry affected by disaster(s). He promised that government will finance the agency adequately to continue doing its work.
The Church of God of Prophecy Primary School in the heart of Makeni city has benefitted from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Qommodity/Tandem Liber Holdings Limited. It could be recalled that quite recently, a violent windstorm raged across Makeni city in the Northeast Region of the country that resulted in considerable damage to buildings, especially the roofs, including one of the buildings of the Church of God Prophecy Primary School that was completely unroofed.
Stakeholders including the Headmistress, Board of Trustees, Makeni City Council (MCC), the Ministry of Basic and Senior School Education (MBSSE) and parents felt so lost following the windstorm.
They never knew where to turn for immediate help to re-roof the building with schools still in SESSION And they third term exams was in progress.... Pupils will only attend classes when there is no rain because the classrooms has no roof to cover the children... The used wood stumps as tables and chairs as seats.... The entire school has no water facilities as the machines on the hand dug wells has been stolen away...... The school lacks all the amenities that you can think of as the entire school has nothing for sanitation (TOILETS)..
Consequently, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) took up the onus to advocate for the re-roofing of the unroofed school building. Qommodity/Tandem Liber had information about the school’s predicament through a social media platform.
On Monday 17th May 2022, a very colourful ceremony was organized on the school campus to thank Qommodity for what the Deputy City Mayor’s of Makeni described as the timely re-roofing of the unroofed building of the school.
The occasion attracted parents and a huge turnout of very appreciative teachers and pupils.
A very eloquent Class Six pupil extolled the virtues of Qommodity, describing them as Gold mining company currently with a small scale mining LIC in mabonto and that are set to apply for exploration licenses from the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL).
According to Qommodity/TLH they dished out Le45 Million to effect the repairs. The General Manager of Qommodity/TLH, Sierra Leonean-born Abdul Mawlaiyah Kamara, gave a very emotionally laden message to the pupils. He narrated how he had to fetch woods and plums to be able to afford lunch. He said that did not deter him from pursuing his education.
The General Manager assured the pupils that they can become whatever they choose to be provided they make efforts to become educated, adding that they should see themselves as the future leaders of Sierra Leone.
Qommodity/TLH Chairman and CEO, Edward Meijers, reiterated the same message to the pupils, stressing that only the sky will be their limit in their pursuit of EDUCATION if the work hard and stay focused on the horizon.
Addressing teachers after an inspection of the school facilities and their stressed conditions, Meijers recognized their sacrifice and commitment in rendering their services to mankind and to transfer their knowledge to the future leaders as knowledge is power.
A man of his words, he told the teachers that he has seen the felt needs of the school and will focus on them immediately.
The CEO furthered that he would not make promises and that he had learnt to be self-reliant since he joined the Army at a very tender age. He therefore entreated the teachers to be strong and faithful..... He promised that the school authorities will hear something from the management through their General Manager as soon as possible but will first do cost analysis.
Religion is a strong unifying force among Sierra Leoneans, Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh deputizing His Excellency the President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio on Sunday 29th May 2022 joined hundreds of people at Hill Station for the opening and dedication of the Ilmo Zikre Mosque.