c) SLDI also work with women in emergencies in Sierra Leone.
About Sierra Leone
ABOUT SIERRA LEONE
Map of Sierra Leone: source; www.google.com
Sierra Leone was a British Colony until April 1961 when she gained independence and subsequently became a Republic in 1971. Since then, Sierra Leone experienced a mixture of democratic, civilian and military dictatorships. Currently, civilian democracy is the political dispensation following the devastating civil war that lasted for 11 years and ended in 2002. The main reasons put forward by the perpetrators of the civil war were lack of social-economic opportunities overall, lack of access by many citizens to what economic life there was, and tyrannical political rule. Sierra Leone is now politically stable and peaceful.
The country, which shares borders with Liberia and Guinea, is located on the west coast of Africa, facing the Atlantic Ocean. It has about 71,640 square kilometres of land and 71,620 square kilometres of water. A large part of the coastline of Sierra Leone consists of mangrove swamps. Freetown, the capital city, is situated on a peninsula in the Atlantic Ocean.
Sierra Leone is also one of the poorest countries in the world. According to the 2014 Human Development Index Report, Sierra Leone’s HDI value for 2013 is 0.374, which means that the country is in the low human development category, positioning her at 183 out of 187 countries and territories. This state of affairs has therefore brought about various social problems in the country.
Sierra Leone Development Initiatives (SLDI) is a community-based organisation in Sierra Leone. SLDI provides innovative and competent support to needy communities in Sierra Leone aimed at stimulating local development initiatives especially among the disadvantaged. SLDI is dedicated and committed to the fundamental human rights of communities, vulnerable girls, women and children in Sierra Leone. Issues SLDI is involved with are:
a) Promotion of gender equity and gender equality: SLDI focuses primarily on ending all forms of violence against girls and women, access to effective sexual and reproductive health and HIV services, alternative livelihoods and education and skills training that they will unleash their potentials, and become valued citizens in their country.
b) SLDI also works to protect the human rights of children in Sierra Leone. Ensuring that they are protected from sexual exploitation, child marriages, sexual violence and gain the education a child should have.
d) Environmental Issues: SLDI is interested in playing a role in climate change by joining in the battle of reducing environmental impacts in Sierra Leone.