Maputo Protocol on Women Ratified By Sierra Leone

The Parliament of Sierra Leone finally ratifies a government motion on the African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, dated 11th July of 2003.

Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affair’s Minister Moijeh Kaikai said that Sierra Leone will provide the benefits provided by the government action already duplicates the benefits in the Child Rights Act, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, CEDAW, the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.

Honorable Josephine Emma Kowa said the protocol had come and gone out of Parliament but is finally ratified. She said the ratification of the protocol would strengthen the laws passed by the Parliament to protect women from rape and other forms of violence against women.

Honorable Jariatu K. Smith said that the Galleries that the House was not discussing the ban of the Bondo Society. She also discussed that abortion was necessary on the grounds of rape and proven medical conditions.

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