Sierra Leone

Addressing gender-based violence, which has affected many thousands of women and children in Sierra Leone, is a critical element of building peace. This briefing paper explores the issue and identifies strategies to enhance prevention and response to VAW.
Promising to fight the practice of FGM should be a winning strategy for someone hoping to be elected to parliament this Saturday in Sierra Leone -- where about 90 percent of girls and women undergo FGM, according to rights watchdog Amnesty International.
An appeal against forced marriage acquittals at the Special Court for Sierra Leone might have bearing on prosecutions at the International Criminal Court.
"Registering customary marriages provides women with the legal right to own property and other rights in marriage, making this a great step forward for rural women in particular."
‘'It is not an easy job ... At crucial moments I get chased out of places where the practice is much more prevalent,'' complains Ann Marie Caulker, who is championing the campaign to end the age-old tradition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FannyAnn Eddy, fondatrice et militante de l'Association lesbienne et gaie de Sierra Leona (SLLAGA) a été assassinée le 29 septembre dernier.
The government of Sierra Leone should bring to justice those responsible for the brutal murder of FannyAnn Eddy, founder of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association and a lesbian rights activist known across Africa, Human Rights Watch said today.
Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone have asked the tribunal's trial chamber to amend all previously issued indictments to include a new crime against humanity - forced marriage.
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