Fambul Tok Donates Cassava Processing Machine to Semabu Peace Mothers

Fambul Tok donates gari (cassava) processing machine and one drying tray to Peace Mothers in Semabu Community Boukor Section Peje Bongre Chiefdom, Kailahun district on the 14th September 2021to the strengthen the group’s sustainability.

Lucia Brima, Fambul Tok’s Field Officer said the donation is to support the women in Semabu to continue their work on peacebuilding a

Semabu Peace Mothers Receive Cassava Machine

nd sustainable development in the community. She admonished the group to take care of the equipment and do regular maintenance. “One day”, she said, “Fambul Tok will not be around to do peacebuilding. It will be their responsibility to carry on and make their community people”.

Fambul Tok Trains Youth Ambassadors in Soa Chiefdom

Youth from all sections in Soa chiefdom, Kono district have undergone intensive training on different topics in peace building to avoid violence and other forms of bad social behaviors in their communities.

The training targeting male and female youth from all nine sections in the chief

Youth Ambassadors training

dom is part of “The human security project” supported by UNDP and FAO.

In his welcome address, chiefdom youth leader Peter Foyoh said ‘youth are very happy to see young people gather together in the interest of promoting peace in the chiefdom’. He said ‘Soa chiefdom administration is one of the chiefdoms that takes youth and women activities into consideration’. He said: ‘every section has female authority to close the gap of gender equality’.

Giving a background of the human security project, Fambul Tok Project Officer Solomon Yarjoh said the project would be implemented in Soa, Kamara and Gbense chiefdoms that face multiple challenges and vulnerabilities. He said the youth ambassadors training will strengthen young people to understand conflict and would be able to promote peace and social cohesion.

On civic education, he said it can be broadly defined as the provision of information and learning experiences to equip and empower citizens to participate in democratic processes. He went on to state that civic education is an important and effective tool that facilitates the active participation of citizens in democratic  processes.

Issa Kamara, one of the facilitators dealt on the issue of rights of youth. He mentioned that according to the National Youth Policy document of 2007, a youth is any young person (male or female) within the age bracket of 15 and 35 years.

He said youths have certain rights and responsibilities as stated in the Youth Policy document.

The rights include the following: Right to life and proper growth and development as a person; Right to vote and participate in politics; Freedom of speech; Freedom of assembly and association; Protection against cruel and unusual / inhumane treatments; Right to be gainfully employed (if qualified).

He said youth have several rights but go with responsibilities such as abiding by the rules and regulations of their society, promoting peace, unity and stability of their communities or chiefdoms (serving as peace ambassadors or agents of peace and reconciliation) and contributing to the socio-economic development of their communities and the nation as a whole among others.

The facilitator explained that youth have roles in promoting community peace and social cohesion as sensitizing their peers on the importance of peace, unity and stability of their communities and the nation through various activities.

One of the sectional female youth leaders, Sia Sandy said the training is very important to youth, especially as elections draw nearer in two years time. She pointed out that most times young people are used by politicians for violence. They give drugs and other things to young people to perpetrate violence.

Chiefdom women’s leader, Haja Fatmata Yarjah cautioned participants to take the session serious, adding that violence erupted in the chiefdom due to problem in one of the sections that resulted in the burning down of houses. She said everyone wants peace and stability in the chiefdom.

Chiefdom youth leader, Peter Foyoh encouraged participants to always mingle with each other to help promote peace and social cohesion.

After the training ended, the new ambassadors promised to work with everyone when they return to their communities.

Makpele Chiefdom Women Dialogue On Peace And Development

Fambul Tok facilitates Women’s Dialogue at the Community Center in Zimmi town, Makpele chiefdom, Pujehun District, southern Sierra Leone. Sixty women’s representatives were drawn from the four sections of Kengo, Selimeh, Samagbe, and Seitua. The minister of state, fambulTok staff and other representatives from the office of the vice president were all in attendance for the women’s dialogue on 30th August 2021. This is part of the UNPBF project “Mitigating local resource based conflicts and increasing community resilience

MOS OVP Francess Alghalie

Making the Keynote address, the Minister of State Office in the Office of the Vice President, Francess Algalie, said she feels delightful to see women showing willingness to express their views as road map to bridge divisions among communities and

Makpele Women’s Dialogue Session

personal issues within the chiefdom. She discloses to Makpele chiefdom women the importance of gender mainstreaming in conflict mitigation. She further stated that the inclusivity of women in the decision-making process in development projects in the communities and the chiefdom as a whole would enhance sustainable peace and development, because behind ‘every successful man there is a strong woman’. The minister admonished all the women to stand firm and find local solutions to Makpele issues. She encourages all the women to form a working committee, in which all the four sections should be involved to engage the paramount chief and other stakeholders to advocate for women inclusion in the decision-making process in the entire chiefdom.

Fambul Tok Joseph M Kargbo welcomed all and admonished them to feel free to express their views. ‘The dialogue is exclusively for women to discuss the outstanding issues identified during Grievance Redress Committee (GRC)

meetings and dialogue sessions in Makpele and Pujehun; and to find recommendations for those issues to engender peaceful co – existence in Makpele chiefdom’.

Madam Hawa Conteh, Fambul Tok Peace Mother’s Coordinator, in facilitating the dialogue stated that, women are important in any conflict resolution and development project in communities and chiefdoms. She encouraged women to speak up, look into the identified issues and find solutions. She further read out the outstanding issues identified during the past sessions.

In an interactive discussion, Madan Adama Konneh of Zimmi town expressed her gratitude to Fambul Tok’s relentless job for creating the platform for women to be seen at the front and amplify their voices for sustainable development in the chiefdom. Madam Conteh demonstrated “the broken cup” illustration; explaining that if communities are not united, they won’t be able to mobilize resources for themselves, but if communities come together, they will mobilize resources and embrace development.

Madam Gitta Kanneh, the chiefdom Mammy Queen thanks Fambul Tok for creating such a wonderful interactive dialogue for women to speak up and be part of the peace process in the chiefdom. She continues that the exclusion of women in participating in development projects in the chiefdom is still going on. “I’m pleading to Fambul Tok and her partners to continue to support women to become resilient in our various communities”, Madam Jitta said.

CDC member Umu Sowa stated that one of the issues, affecting the development of the chiefdom, is misinformation that sometimes makes it difficult to mobilize as women to speak in one voice to stakeholders.

Jebbeh Gbosowa whose land is occupied by Natural Habitat expressed dissatisfaction that most of the promises made by Natural Habitat have not been met and there are delays in surface rent payment. As a result they are now the subjects of ridicule in the community and this has brought mixed feelings among them.

In conclusion the women recommended the following:

  • Formation of women’s working committee to in which all the sections are represented to engage the paramount chief and other stakeholders to advocate for other women in the chiefdom.
  • Women of Makpele calls for another chiefdom dialogue for transparency and accountability in the restructuring of the Chiefdom Development Committee executive (CDC).
  • To engage political heads, MP, Labour minister and director of Local Government to look into the working conditions of employees in the Natural Habitat Company
  • WFP to prioritize women in the inland valley swamp (IVS) project
  • The women of Makpele chiefdom calls on stakeholders of Makpele and Barray to hold an inclusive meeting resolve the constituency boundary dispute between constituency 099 and ward 349