Sierra Leone: Gems Preaches Non-Violence in Elections

The Grassroots Empowerment for Self-reliance (GEMs) with the support of ENCISS over the weekend sensitized women and youths in the western part of the city to stay away from violence before, during and after the elections on November 17.

According to the organization’s advocacy officer, Rosa Vandi, the essence of the event was to preach non-violence and encourage youths to embrace peace for the betterment of the country.

She told Concord Times that GEMs was formed to build the capacity of grassroots women and empower them to become self-reliant and take active part in decision making.

«This sensitization is not only for the West Area but we are also going to replicate it in the twelve districts of the country. As an organization, we think it is our responsibility to educate the women and youths who form the bulk of the population to stay away from violence and embrace peace,» she said.

She added that they have been engaged in sensitizing the masses for the past two years, and they hope to continue even after the polls in November.

Madam Vandi opined that women should be allowed to participate actively in the electoral process to ensure free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections, whose outcome will be accepted by all. Sierra Leone: Gems Preaches Non-Violence in Elections.

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