Engaging with women is key to SABI success

It is vital for the SABI programme to reach out to women, supporting them to participate fully in free, fair and violence-free elections for Sierra Leone.

The programme must also empower women to take new business opportunities, building strong and sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.

Esther Ellie, chair of the management committee for her local health centre in Tankoro Chiefdom, Kono district, is hopeful SABI can have an impact at grassroots level, particularly among women.


‘SABI will help to change the lifestyle of people in this community. Things that they didn’t know before, they should know through this programme. The knowledge will stay with them and they can use that knowledge to develop their community.'
Esther Ellie

‘There are a lot of women here who have a lot of difficulties. Some of them are widows’, Esther said.

‘SABI can help them to organise themselves to benefit from resources to help them do business on their own. If they are able to do something on their own, they will be able to take care of themselves and their children.’

Esther talked of the elections coming up in March 2018, when Sierra Leoneans will elect a president, members of parliament and local councils.

‘SABI can make sure women are organised and educate them to make sure the election is free and fair, so women can benefit from it are not exposed to any kind of violence,’ she added.

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