Every Year on International Women's Day, the Women of Sierra Leone normally presents Position Paper to the Government of Sierra Leone on issues they are facing for Government's Intervention, However, IWD 2020 was different. With the Women of Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Gender & Children's Affairs developed and presented a Male Involvement Strategy for the Prevention & Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence & Teenage Pregnancy. Male Stakeholders which includes HE the President, Minister of Education, Minister of Youth, Inter-Religious Council, Traditional Leaders etc all committed themselves to Protect the Rights for Women and Girls.
Men control resources at different levels – household, community and national level. Strategic partnership between women and men will ensure that men become positive facilitators to development because they will begin to provide access to valuable resources; and become inclusive by allowing women to participate in joint decision making and as custodians of cultural norms and values .
When men in positions of leadership speak on issues of gender, they are listened to because of the influence they wield in the various constituencies they lead and the global as well as national HeForShe initiative builds on this reality.