From the Field

  • PRI's The World: Sierra Leone Women Candidates Face Intimidation

    PRI's The World: Sierra Leone Women Candidates Face Intimidation

    Sierra Leoneans vote this weekend in the country’s third election since the end of its brutal civil war. The West Africa country has made a lot of progress. There are better roads, more reliable electricity, improved health care and increased foreign investment. But the status of women continues to lag, and cultural and economic barriers continue to keep them out of the political arena.

    Women make up 52 percent of Sierra Leone’s population, yet account for only 13 percent of members of parliament and 19 percent of local councilors

    See my story on PRI The World -- http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/women-sierra-leone-election/