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Rebuilding civil society in Sierra Leone

Hussaina Abdullah spoke to Jane Gabriel about rebuilding civil society in Sierra Leone in the aftermath of civil war.

14 March 2008

As civil society is slowly rebuilt in Sierra Leone following the civil war, women are successfully using international legislation to make sure that they are represented at all levels of society. They are assessing the implementation of Resolution 1325 and calling the government to account. They are educating women nationwide about the three new Gender Bills passed by the government last year on customary marriage, domestic violence and property rights for women, and they are encouraging women at grassroots to stand in the forthcoming local elections.

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Hussaina Abdullah, a member of the Pathways of Women's Empowerment research consortium spoke to Jane Gabriel about building a critical mass of women who can negotiate with governments at all levels.

You can listen to other podcasts and read articles and blogs about other aspects of the Pathways of Women's Empowerment work here.

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