On Saturday, Sabrina and Dr. Fatou Taqi, President of the 50/50 Group, co-led “Passing the Baton in Pursuit of Gender Equality” at the 50/50 Group’s office in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss the many different feminisms and to pass the baton of feminism on to the next generation. Following the workshop, Sabrina had the chance to reflect on the powerful experience.
My time with the 50/50 Group, who pursue gender equality through training and advocacy, was one of the most inspiring 3 hours of my entire life. I co-led a workshop with the extraordinary 50/50 President Dr. Fatou Taqi on how to pass the baton of feminism on to the next generation. The group of women, some of their daughters and one man who participated in the workshop were truly inspiring; their work in advocacy, law, politics, defence, development, media and other areas brought exceptional insight into the conversation as we explored some of the harmful mixed-messages of feminism and gender equality. We discussed the barriers in pursuing gender equality in Sierra Leone and began strategizing on how to unify a feminist message to influence policy makers and wider society. The camaraderie and support of the group, as well as their vision and their work, is an exemplar model of what civil society can do in pursuing gender equality. I, for one, will be following everything that they do and will champion them as much as I can.
The 50/50 Group Sierra Leone advocates and campaigns to increase the political participation and achieve equal representation of women in decision-making processes and initiatives at all levels in Sierra Leone. The 50/50 Group is a non-partisan organisation and designs training programs that seek to promote support for women’s participation in public service and to foster women’s confidence and capacity to engage in the political and/or governance process. Through our partnership, the 50/50 Group and Professors Without Borders are committed to fulfilling the educational need of women and promoting women in leadership position throughout the public sector.
We would like to thank The 50/50 Group and the workshop participants for allowing Professors Without Borders and our team in Sierra Leone to participate in this illuminating and powerful discussion.