Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Report of the Sierra Leone National Consultation, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 21–24 May 2001

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Following a decade of armed conflict that led to the virtual collapse of the country’s social, economic, legal and political fabric, the Sierra Leone National Consultation on Women and Men in Partnership for Post-Conflict Reconstruction, held in Freetown in May 2001, brought together 250 people from governmental and non-governmental organisations to discuss ways in which the war has impacted differently on women, children and men and how best to ensure gender equality in all reconstruction efforts. The papers in this report examine the following issues from a gender perspective:

political and public decision-making

security and peace-building

legal reform

violence and other crimes against women and children

poverty, economic recovery and empowerment

health, HIV/AIDS and STIs

settlement of displaced persons and rehabilitation of ex-combatants

the role of young people in post-conflict reconstruction.



Rebuilding Democracy, Peace and Security

Since 1991, Sierra Leone has been in the firm grip of an armed civil conflict characterised by savagery and brutality of the most primitive and inhuman kind. In spite of a huge concentration of effort on the peace process in Sierra Leone by the international community, which complements the domestic effort of the government and civil society, resolution of the conflict has been notoriously elusive. As the conflict enters a second decade, with a relieving lull in hostilities and hope for peace and resolution of the crisis, it is imperative to examine how the political structures, practices and values that held us together collapsed and generated the conflict, and how these can be reconstructed to provide a foundation for rebuilding sustainable democracy and peace in post-conflict Sierra Leone. It is equally important that this rebuilding process be undertaken within the context of partnership between men and women as the gateway to the creation of peace and democratic culture


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