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Lungi: Training for Commercial Sex Workers

9 February 2007 at 06:08 | 622 views

The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) and the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), in collaboration with UNDP, UNAIDS and the Government of Sierra Leone, organized a three day training session for young women at the FAWE Skills Training Centre for Commercial Sex Workers in Lungi from 8 to 10 February 2007.

During the workshop, 60 participants from a particularly vulnerable group of women in the society will be trained by representatives of the Government and specialists from the UN and FAWE in various aspects of HIV/AIDS prevention, micro-finance opportunities and entrepreneurship for employment and income generation. The workshop will also reflect on gender issues in relation to the electoral process, especially the key areas of voter education and voter registration. After the training event participants will be awarded certificates of attendance.

The Lungi workshop is designed to implement the UNIOSIL and United Nations Country Team action plan in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security. The plan stresses inter alia that all necessary action should be taken to empower Sierra Leonean women economically and calls for funding of micro projects with special focus on women, to provide the much-needed resources.

Among the objectives of the organizers is to strengthen collaboration between entities of the
United Nations system, governmental institutions and civil society organizations in the implementation of related activities, and to lay greater emphasis on building local partnerships with women’s organizations; capacity-building of national institutions and civil society organizations; supporting advocacy; influencing policies and raising national awareness of resolution 1325 (2000). UNIOSIL, in collaboration with IMATT and RSLAF, is also preparing a special programme on women’s role in maintaining peace and security.

The Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) is a milestone in that it was the Council’s first recognition of women’s essential role in peacebuilding, peacemaking and peace negotiations.

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