Sierra Leone’s Minister of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Isata Mahoi, has pledged not only to fully implement President Bio’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Act but to also promote it and achieve its demand for which is was launched for by the President.
The Gender Minister is recently noted for lately working closely with Government line Ministries and Agencies, and also collaborating with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) and Community Based Organization (CBOs), to actualize the full implementation of the GEWE Act.
The GEWE Act is a law that aims to improve women’s rights. The law mandates that 30% of government and private sector jobs in the country are reserved for women. It also includes the following provisions equal pay for men and women in the same job; penalties for discrimination against women seeking access to financial services or resources; 14 weeks of maternity leave for women; increased training opportunities for women in the workplace, and annual reviews of public and private institutions.
She has decided to put in her expertise in a diverse range of skills throughout to ensure that, the GEWE implementation becomes a thing of importance to every Sierra Leonean.
Minister Mahoi, previously worked as an advocate for human rights, promoting equality, and addressing discrimination and extensive experience in providing strategic advice and guidance on gender-related issues, including gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment, and gender equality.