PPASL & AHF Collaborate to Advance Gender Equality on International Women’s Day

By Foday Moriba Conteh

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Planned Parenthood Association Sierra Leone (PPASL) and Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) have on Friday 8thMarch 2024 concluded a one-day thought-provoking panel discussion on Gender Equality. The panel discussion which focused on crucial issues related to gender parity in the country was held at Sierra Palms Resort on Lumley Beach Road in Freetown.

In her statement, the Prevention and Advocacy Manager of Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Madam Esther Teh, highlighted the significance of International Women’s Day (IWD) as a platform to recognize women’s achievements and address challenges they face.

She emphasized the importance of identifying gaps and challenges in gender equality, especially in Sierra Leone and globally and pledged the organization’s commitment to addressing them.

Madam Teh underscored AHF’s role as an International Non-Governmental Organization providing treatment, care and support to people living with HIV and AIDS in Sierra Leone. She explained that the event included panel discussions on gender equality, aiming to amplify the voices of vibrant women present.

Amara S. Libbie, Senior Technical Adviser at the National HIV/AIDS Secretariat highlighted efforts to control the HIV epidemic, stressing the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

He addressed the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on women and the need for gender inclusion in addressing these issues.

Foday M. Sesay, Assistant Director at the Ministry of Gender and Children’s Affairs, acknowledged the Ministry’s efforts to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence.

He highlighted specific policies aimed at guaranteeing the rights and participation of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Hannah Sesay, representing concerns for disabled women and children, emphasized the significance of IWD in empowering women and building a resilient and inclusive society. She highlighted the challenges faced by women with disabilities, including discrimination and violence, and called for inclusive approaches to address those issues.

The panel discussions, involving various partners, which climaxed the event served as a platform for stakeholders to exchange ideas, share experiences and explore collaborative strategies for advancing gender equality in Sierra Leone.

As the event concluded, participants left with renewed commitment and determination to accelerate progress towards a more equitable and inclusive society for all.


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