Minister Gaojia Leads Sierra Leone Delegation to 56th Session of CSW in New York

From  the Department of Information and Public Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations 


Hon. Stephen GaojiaThe Minister of Social Welfare , Gender and Children's Affairs, Hon. Stephen J. Gaojia , arrived in New York on Friday February 24  at the head of a Sierra Leone delegation to attend the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women  at the United Nations. According to  the UN Entity For Gender Equality  and The Empowerment of Women,  the CSW  "is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

“ It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. " According to the organization, "Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide. "   This year's meeting  will  officially start today 27 February  and end on 09 March, 2012.

Other members of the delegation who  have  also arrived in New York include :

  • Mrs. Fatou Kargbo : Chief Social Services Officer , Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children's Affairs /Component Manager
  • Mrs. Isatu Kajue : Gender Programme Manager, UNFPA
  • Mrs. Naasu Fofanah : Gender Adviser, Office of the President
  • Ms. Massah Kai-Samba : Traditional Gender Focal Point of the MSWGCA
  • Ms. Martha P. Chigozie, Gender Coordinator of the MSWGCA
  • Mr. AbdulRahim Kamara: Title to be announced later
  • Mrs. Adama Thollie : Title to be announced later

 Also expected  to arrive in New York to form part of the delegation are :

  • Hon. Rev. Marie Yansanneh : President -Parliamentary Female Caucus
  • Hon. Bintu Myers : Chair, Parliamentary Committee In Social Welfare Gender
  • Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Alpha-Lavalie : Vice-President -Parliamentary Female Caucus
  • Hon. Yapoh Kandeh Konteh : Chief -Parliamentary Committee on Media/Information

The focal point   for the Session at the Sierra Leone  Mission , Counselor Victoria Sulimani, is coordinating  the  various meetings  and will provide regular briefings  where applicable.

The Department of Information and Public Affairs of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN will also bring you full coverage of the meetings.

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Born and raised in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, Othman Sheriff began practicing journalism during his school days as a youthhood hobby. With a bachelor's degree in mass-media and communication, and a Master’s degree in development and peacebuilding, Sheriff is the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Critique Echo Newspaper. While tirelessly using journalism as a tool to place his country’s socioeconomic and political landscape under a magnifying glass, Sheriff is deeply involved in community development projects. Over the years, Sheriff has formulated and implemented billions of Leones worth of development projects with funds from Europe and USA. He is chiefly focused on community infrastructural development and economic resuscitation projects, fostering interethnic, interreligious and sociocultural cohesion among the young population in Kenema district. Sheriff is a member of many international peacebuilding initiatives including the United Religious Initiative (URI), International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), Intercultural Leaders Network and Youth Solidary Fund program of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC)

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