Strategies of Engagement for Policy Reform on Women’s Political Empowerment in Sierra Leone

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Full Title: Strategies of Engagement for Policy Reform on Women’s Political Empowerment in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of the Fifty-Fifty Group

Abstract: This presentation examines how African women NGO’s exercise agency to demand policy reforms for women’s political empowerment in post-war development. I examine whether on their own they can produce intended outcomes or whether more complex processes that involve other partnerships are necessary. I examine the Fifty-Fifty Group which promotes women’s leadership, raises awareness about women’s rights, monitors policy reforms and provides support for women running for elected office in Sierra Leone. I will show how this organization seeks to transform the structure of gender relations in a deeply embedded patriarchal culture through advocacy for policy reform and its educational programs.

Sponsored by the Program of African Studies

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