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The Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing (UK) has donated the whopping sum of Le100 million for the empowerment of women in Sierra Leone. The Le100 million which has been donated to the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing in Sierra Leone will be used to support various forms of women empowerment to increase women participation in politics.

Addressing SLPP women at the national party headquarters on Tuesday, 22nd December 2015, the founder of the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing (UK), Mrs Fatima Bio stated that her husband, Rtd. Brig. Bio believes in women empowerment and that women should not just be spectators in politics. Mrs Bio called on women to continue to support her husband as with him more women will have the opportunity to contribute to national development.

Speaking also at the event, the women’s rights activist and 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate, Dr. Kadie Sesay reiterated her unending support for Rtd. Brig. Bio and stated that the initiative by Mrs Bio is laudable. Therefore, she called on women to support the initiative of promoting more women participation in politics.

Various other senior SLPP women stakeholders of the party addressed the gathering including the SLPP National Women’s Leader, Madam Lulu Sheriff, Hon. Emma Kowa, Madam Baindu Dassama, Mrs Bernadette W. Songa and the chairperson for the occasion was Hon. Veronica Sesay. The SLPP National Treasurer and a role model for women in politics, Madam Martha Kanagbo was also in attendance.

The Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing, Sierra Leone has been established as a woman-led support group to promote the political ambition of Rtd. Brig. Bio. Part of the functions of the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing Sierra Leone will also be to encourage more women to participate in politics.

The statistics on women in politics are dire. For instance, according to official government report in the 2012 elections, only 65 women were nominated to contest for parliament and they represented 11 percent of candidates. Out of the 65 women nominated as candidates only 16 were elected to Parliament. This fell short of the 13.7 percent who were in the parliament of 2007 and the 30 percent recommended by the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA).

The Chairperson for the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing, Sierra Leone, is Hon. Emma Kowa who is a distinguished Member of Parliament.

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