I have a passion that drives me to contribute to addressing injustice against women manifested in so many ways, be it structural, traditional, religious or legal, denying them the opportunities to fulfil their potentials, realise their dreams, make and pursue decisions and contribute to the fullest extent to the development of themselves their society, community and country.
I have a post graduate degree in law from Georgetown University Law Centre and have practiced law in Sierra Leone. The work that I do is constantly challenging, questioning and assessing the public and political commitments to advancing the rights of women. I am a Leadership Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellow of the Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship and a founding member and past president of Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality Rights and Social Justice (LAWYERS) – an organisation of Sierra Leonean women lawyers dedicated to enhancing women’s access to justice. I have contributed to various transitional justice mechanisms in Sierra Leone, and have recently researched and published on the issue of gender and reparations in Sierra Leone.
I currently serve as Chairperson and a Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone. In this role, I work with my fellow Commissioners to implement a statutory mandate, which includes investigating human rights violations, human rights education, and advising government on the compliance of national law with international legal obligations. We also monitor implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Recommendations and the recently enacted Gender Justice laws. Women suffered greatly during the civil war in Sierra Leone. As we rebuild the country, the Human Rights Commission serves as one important mechanism to make sure that women rights are no longer violated.
I call myself a feminist because I am proud of being a woman and have always insisted on the opportunity to make choices without any apology. I have always asserted my individuality and pursued my ambitions and dreams to the best of my abilities and opportunities available to me. I take full responsibility for the consequences of every decision I make. In my work as an activist I am comfortable with working alone but I also enjoy working in partnership with other women, and other partners who share my values, passion and aspirations for an equal and just society.
I have always tried to study and understand the context in my work, recognizing my limitations, exploring possibilities and never giving up. I have always celebrated successes in our effort to advance the causes of women and to work towards a better and equal society. I am not afraid of failing and consider challenges as opportunities to do thing s better. I have realised that I may not make the change I want to see today, but I am positive that each day I live I am contributing to that change