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.
Senegalese-American singer and philanthropist Aliaume Damala Badara, aka Akon, has promised 5 000 solar-powered streetlights and 2 500 traffic lights to support Sierra Leone’s electrification agenda.
What happens when a girl experiences sexual abuse or violence in the name of culture? What happens when a girl is forced to leave her village to work in the informal, unregulated sector to raise money to pay her school fees? What would it take to end violence, sexual assault harassment, and discrimination against girls?
In commemoration of Albinism Awareness Day we get to meet Weah Bangura, a Sierra Leonean model with albinism whose encouragement from his mom has pushed him to believe in himself. Bangura walked on the runway during the Australian Fashion Week. His success brings more awareness that those with albinism are human just like every human being.
A pastor in Sierra Leone has unearthed one of the world largest diamonds in the district of Kono. The uncut diamond weighing 706 carats is the biggest diamond to be found in more than four decades in this West African country. The president of the country assured the community, where the gem was discovered that proceeds from the sale will benefit the community, and country. In 2015, an 813 carat diamond was discovered in Botswana by Canadian company Lucara. The diamond shattered records, fetching a massive U.S.$63 million, the highest price ever achieved for a rough diamond.