Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Report of the Sierra Leone National Consultation, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 21–24 May 2001

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Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Publication date: 1 January 2002
Size: 250mm x 170mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-744-3
Pages: 202

Following a decade of armed conflict that led to the virtual collapse of the country’s social, economic, legal and political fabric, the Sierra Leone National Consultation on Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction, held in Freetown in May 2001, brought together 250 people from governmental and non-governmental organisations to discuss ways in which the war has impacted differently on women, children and men and how best to ensure gender equality in all reconstruction efforts.

The papers in this report examine the following issues from a gender perspective:

• political and public decision-making
• security and peace-building
• legal reform violence and other crimes against women and children
• poverty, economic recovery and empowerment
• health, HIV/AIDS and STIs
• settlement of displaced persons and rehabilitation of ex-combatants
• the role of young people in post-conflict reconstruction

ContentsExpand or collapse me

List of Tables
List of Photographs
Map of Sierra Leone  

Foreword by Shirley Gbujama, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs of Sierra Leone  
Preface by Nance Spence, Director, Gender and Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat  
Introduction by Rawwida Baksh-Soodeen and Linda Etchart
Consultation Recommendations  
National Plan of Action  

Part 1. Rebuilding Democracy, Peace and Security
1.1 The Challenge to Democracy in Sierra Leone by Joe Pemagbi
1.2 Gender Equality in Political and Public Decision-making by Elizabeth Lavillie
1.3 Gender Equality in Security and Peace-building by Andrew Hope

Part 2. Human Rights and Legal Reform
2.1 Promoting Gender Equality through Legal Reform by Valerie Nicol
2.2 Gender and Human Rights in Post-conflict Reconstruction by Florence Butegwa

Part 3. Violence against Women and Children
3.1 Violence against Women and Children by Augusta Taqi
3.2 The Role of the Police in the Prevention of Violence against Women and Children by Fatmata Kamara 

Part 4. The Resettlement of Displaced Civilians and Resettlement/Rehabilitation of Ex-combatants
4.1 Resettlement of Displaced Civilians and Resettlement/Rehabilitation of Ex-combatants by Soa Kpato Max-Kyne

Part 5. Poverty, Economic Recovery and Empowerment
5.1 The Government’s Commitment to Poverty Alleviation by JD Rogers
5.2 The Need for Good Governance by Claudius Thomas

6. Gender Issues in Health, HIV/AIDS and STIs
6.1 The National HIV/AIDS Control Programme by Ibrahim Tejan Jalloh
6.2 HIV/AIDS: A Strategy for Sierra Leone by Jebbeh Forster

7. Gender Issues in Education, Training and Employment
7.1 Government Programmes in the Aftermath of War by Alpha Wurie

Part 8. The Role of Young Women and Men in Post-conflict Reconstruction
8.1 The Role of Young People in Post-conflict Reconstruction: Reflections on the South African Experience by Steve Mokwena

Part 9: Capacity-building, Co-ordination and Networking
9.1 Capacity Building, Co-ordination and Networking by Iyesha Josiah