I am grateful to Barbara Bangura, Marcella Macauley and Joy Samake for their efforts in facilitating my research.
Forging Ahead without an Affirmative Action Policy: Female Politicians in Sierra Leone's Post-War Electoral Process
Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Author. Journal compilation © Institute of Development Studies
Special Issue: Quotas: Add Women and Stir?
Volume 41, Issue 5, pages 62–71, September 2010
How to Cite
Abdullah, H. J. (2010), Forging Ahead without an Affirmative Action Policy: Female Politicians in Sierra Leone's Post-War Electoral Process. IDS Bulletin, 41: 62–71. doi: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2010.00167.x
- Issue online: 10 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 10 SEP 2010
In contemporary post-conflict Sierra Leone, women have managed to secure 13.5 per cent of seats in parliament – without affirmative action in place, thanks to women's groups' and coalitions' mobilisation and activism. While the political resistance to Sierra Leone having a quota was high, the women's movement has succeeded in forcing the political parties and the government to recognise that it is no longer politically viable to sidestep women's rights, should they wish to capitalise on women's voting power. As women's organisations, in particular the 50/50 group, continue the struggle to introduce a quota, the challenge for Sierra Leonean women is how to ensure that the quota project is not hijacked by the male-dominated political establishment. To this aim, this article examines the ongoing efforts to politically consciencise women parliamentarians, society and political parties.