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2012 - Sierra Leone - Country Gender Profile


The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) funding for the Sierra Leone Country Gender Profile (CGP) is in line with commitments made in the Updated Gender Plan of Action (2009- 2011) to support Regional Member Countries (RMC), to build their knowledge base, and to inform their work on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment and the Government of Sierra Leone’s (GoSL) post-war reconstruction policy framework. It is also one of the nonlending activities of the Joint Assistance Strategy for Sierra Leone (JAS) prepared by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (2009-2012). In this sense it is a manifestation of the harmonisation of efforts following the recommendations of the Paris Declaration. The overall objective of the multisectoral CGP is to be responsive to and effectively engage with the GoSL’s gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda. The specific objectives are to i) assess gender-equality issues relating to basic services and women’s economic empowerment, and to identify key gender gaps and offer recommendations; ii) examine the socio-cultural and economic factors that constrain efforts at gender equality in the country; iii) assess the institutional capacity of the National Gender Machinery; and iv) examine existing gender policies, strategies and legislation, and recommend actions. It is worth noting that this gender profile is the first of its kind in the country and is a timely intervention, as it will also inform the JAS Mid-Term Review (MTR) and the new JAS in 2013.

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