John Baimba Sesay-Freetown
Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 June 2015
Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh on Friday, 12 June, said that the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma gives great prominence to the issue of women empowerment and gender equality, as could be seen in Pillar 8 of the country’s development plan – the Agenda for Prosperity (AFP).
He spoke in Makeni, whilst deputizing President Koroma, during the official launch of the Women Empowered for Leadership and Development (WELD) Project at the Wusum Hotel.
According to Vice President Foh, the government had invested considerable expertise, efforts and resources into the Agenda for Prosperity, and considerable gains, he said, were made in the country, prior to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.
Despite the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, Vice President Foh said, that the government is committed to meeting the development goals outlined in the AFP, especially in creating an admirable Sierra Leone. “It has not impeded our resolve to move forward and take the country to another level”, he assured.
Speaking about the WELD Project, Ambassador Foh said that the overall project goal is to increase women’s social, economic and political participation in the governance realm and “support women’s leadership development by building the capacity of local councils and sub-national entities to plan, manage and deliver appropriate gender sensitive programmes and policies for effective service delivery”.