Women have always been marginalized and relegated to the status of subjugated class in the Sierra Leone society. Especially in rural areas which are Muslim dominated communities, women have not been actively participating in their emancipation due to their lack of economic independence and illiteracy. Women should be organized and strengthened at the grass root level to end their subordination.
In a nation like ours, most women are treated as second-class citizens and seen as someone to only look after the home and bear children. The project area is characterized with a typical rural setting with most of the men folk involved in stone mining or unemployment. The women and girls of the area are mostly involved in domestic household works or petty trading, and do not have any say in the family affairs. Excluded from receiving higher education and entirely dependent on their husbands only
In this project, TURDRA is making an attempt in that direction to make women and girls self-sufficient through a 5 months skills training program and a business start up grant at the end of the 5 months training program after the graduation. The main aim of this program is to enhance the quality of life of women through increased knowledge and skills. The project will also provide employment, refresher training and a continual followup also to uplift their status for them to be self sufficient.
In view of the financial constraints that a family faces, these skills-building program strives to empower women, girls and their communities at large. It was observed that, if some kind of skill is imparted to the women, it would give them more avenues to earn their living. The program will also help them to raise their voice against the ill treatment accorded to them within the family or outside. This will create a long term employment and business engagement as we will be doing follow ups.