‘Making a Difference – Meet Councillor Zainab Kamara’

Councillor Zainab Kamara

In Koinadugu District, North of Sierra Leone, the involvement and leadership of women in development has been relatively smaller. Most women engaged in business, to generate income and support their communities, but that doesn’t address the exclusion of women in the mainstream of development. Zainab developed the passion and dedication to lead, in order to inspire women and promote gender equality and social inclusion in Koinadugu District. However, the opportunity to lead was not available. 

SABI works in Koinadugu District, to continue giving citizen’s a voice, improve accountability and building relationships between service providers and service users.

With a strong emphasis on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), SABI engaged communities, councils and other MDAs in Koinadugu, on the need to prioritize inclusion for all, including other issues related to transparency and accountability to excluded groups.

This motivated Zainab Kamara to step up and contest for Councillorship in ward 145, on a mission to empower women and involve them in the mainstream of development.

She said; “Women’s political participation results in tangible gains for democracy, including greater responsiveness to the needs of citizen, increased cooperation across party and ethnic lines, and a more sustainable future. Women’s participation in politics helps advance gender equality, social inclusion and affects both the range of policy issues that get considered and the types of solutions that are proposed.”

As a vibrant leader and Councillor for ward 145, Zainab Kamara has created a platform in communities, where issues and incidents involving women are discussed. She works closely with the SABI programme, and other development partners in Koinadugu District, to maximise inclusion for women and reduce gender base violence in ward 145, Koinadugu District.

“the intervention of SABI, with Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, inspired me and added value to my work”, she concluded

On international Women’s Day, SABI shines a light on Councillor Zainab Kamara for championing Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in ward 145, Koinadugu District.