Notes and reflection questions

December 16, 2010 | Matilda, MA in Globalization and International Development, Intern, Sierra Leone 50/50 Group

The workshop started with an analogy by Mrs. Christiana Top that states “in the olden days, schools and there different house colors represented the opportunity of the awareness of talents and preparedness of future leaders on the country, thus in the same way should the inter-party dialogue should be viewed.

The key areas of focus were:

1. Hoe can inter-party dialogue in implemented

2. What types of problems are political parties facing in Sierra Leone

3. What strategies can be put in place to mitigate these problems?

Key findings presented by Albert Massaquoi :

1. Political alliances formed during inter-party dialogue culminated to the attainment of political power and also helped shape the balance of power.

2. The involvement of religious groups and civil society organizations were instrumental in the process and in resolving some political disputes. The NMCs and DMCs involvement in the political served as a forum for effective communication between and among political parties, highlighted early warning signals on issues that had the proclivity to derail the electoral processes, encouraged political players to discourage “tribalism” and “regionalism” and served as an outreach vehicle to communities nation-wide on the importance and benefits that the nation could derive from dialogue activities in promoting peace and democracy? The importance of the involvement of the justice system and the traditional rulers.

3. The importance of mobile communication and its provision of the flow of messages and delivery of important documents and letters.

4. The code of conduct lacks strong punitive measures.

Some reflection questions on key findings of research for the 50/50 by Matilda

1. For the 50/50 in what way is this balance of power being define? When we talk about balance of power is it gender sensitive?

2. 50/50 needs to identify in relation to this statement what was their role.

3. Have the 50/50 group used the system of communication the spread their message to the local population?

4. Since women are most often the primary targets of political violence, and the main goal of 50/50 is the have a 30% female representation in political and decision making positions, what is 50/50 doing to bring awareness to misconduct and the plight of women aspiring to run for political offices?

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