United Nations Women reported that traditional cutters in Sierra Leone have pledged to abandon and advocate against FGM which is still not illegal in the country. This added support will contribute to the clampdown on initiation ceremonies by the secret societies that uphold the practice.
Idris Elba returned to his fatherland, Sierra Leone alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba. Sierra Leone’s President Julius Bio presented a diplomatic passport and citizenship to Elba who has shown interest in investing in the country’s tourism sector.
Art, outreach and fieldwork can help reframe Britain’s imperial past, by re-humanising the people subjected to anthropological ‘colonial science’.
Sierra Leone has introduced a new visa policy, which gives visa-on-arrival for all African nationals. The new policy offers visa-free entry for ECOWAS citizens, and AU citizens will pay a $25 fee to receive a visa-on-arrival.
Since 2012, three Husband Schools in Sierra Leone have taken on the struggle against domestic violence by teaching men about women’s health, gender issues and how to be a better husband. Pidia Joseph Allieu is one of the men leading these classes for men in rural Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone has declared a national emergency to combat rape and sexual violence.
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fighting to end the culture of “indifference” and impunity surrounding rape and sexual violence by declaring it a national emergency. This will provide support to the First Lady’s “Hands off our girls” protection project.
Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio is fervently leading the country’s anti-corruption drive. Bio launched three Commissions of Inquiry, investigating malpractice in the government between 2000 to 2018 when former President Ernest Bai Koroma was in office. Bio pledged to support the Anti Corruption Commission, giving assurances that it will operate independently.
The Sierra Leonean government has cancelled its contract with China to build a new airport, Mamamah International. The government cited the “socio-economic viability” of the airport while an older airport was under-utilised. Sierra Leone will renovate its only international instead.