The first Salone Women’s Conference (to be held on Saturday, 6 October at St Joseph’s Convent) is intended to encourage young women to adopt a holistic approach to their personal and professional development.
At the event, around 200 young Sierra Leonean women, at the start of their careers will convene with prominent Sierra Leonean women from a range of professional sectors, to share information on women’s empowerment and identify tactics to overcome barriers to change.
Key to the discussions will be the necessity of adopting an all-encompassing approach to gender empowerment, and the participants will hear about how health, education, legal understanding, communication and business skills all play a part in supporting equality of opportunity for the next generation of women.
The event is organised and hosted by Nyamacoro Silla, a pioneering campaigner for women’s rights in Sierra Leone and the first Executive Director of the Rainbo Centres in Sierra Leone. She is joined by:
Basita Michael - publisher, barrister and solicitor, and recently appointed President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association
Yasmin Jusu-Sheriff – lawyer, women’s rights advocate and a prominent member of the women’s movement in Sierra Leone
Lara Taylor-Pearce – the award winning Auditor General of Sierra Leone who has brought international recognition to the role of public sector auditing in Sierra Leone.
Miriam Conteh-Morgan - head of IPAM Library and Deputy University Librarian, with almost 40 years of experience in the education sector
Sama Forna, founder and owner of Sigiay Group Limited, with over 28 years of extensive business experience.
Precious Amabel Lebby – a broadcast journalist who uses her voice to bring power to the voiceless, advocate for women and girls in her community and urge government officials to respond to issues facing youth.
Memuna Forna – communications specialist and the founder and publisher of Insight – Sierra Leone’s most authoritative business and investment media platform.
Catherine Kamara - wife, mother, humanitarian and Programme Director for Sierra Leone Missions and Development inc.
Leading journalist – Umaru Fofana joins the line up as a special guest.
Tickets are Le50,000 and are available through the Mercury Payment Centre at 26 Walpole St, Freetown.