Sierra Leone-2020 Commitments

National Action Plan: Sierra Leone commits to finalizing its second National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in 2019.

Implementation of the first Sierra Leone National Action Plan (SiLNAP) was affected by the advent of Ebola, and it expired in 2014 without achieving many of its strategic objectives. In November 2015, the UN Women hired a consultant to undertake the final evaluation of the Sierra Leone National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 (2010-2014). Consultations were done throughout the country by the consultant in collaboration with the National Steering Committee members, a structure formed for the implementation of the plan. This evaluation made recommendations for the second plan.

The final draft document is now available and will soon be finalized for launching in May 2019. 

Gender Equality: Sierra Leone commits to submitting the its 7th Periodic report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); integrating the WPS agenda in the Cluster Five of the Medium- Term Development Plan (PRS IV) focused on Empowering Women, Children and Persons with Disability; launching its National Gender Strategic Plan 2019 -2023; and overseeing the establishment of Peace and National Cohesion Commission.

The government of Sierra Leone has developed the National Gender Strategic Plan 2019-2023. The National Machinery for the advancement of Women has completed the drafting of the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Policy and is awaiting the approval by Cabinet for full implementation. All of these frameworks are aligned with the National Development Plan (2019-2023) (pg 78)

“The Government of Sierra Leone was due to submit its 7th periodic report to the Committee of Experts on CEDAW in February 2018. The country has a draft report and is working towards its finalization and official submission. As a State Party the country is also working on the mid-term review of the UPR. (pg64) 

Sexual Gender-Based Violence: Strengthen the prevention and response to sexual gender-based violence through the declaration of Rape and Sexual Violence as National Emergency by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone

Presidential Declaration on Rape and Sexual Violence as National Emergency on 7th February 2019-  pg 4 

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