Report on Women’s Lack of Land Ownership Rights and the Socio-economic Impacts on their Livelihoods

Women’s lack of Land Ownership Rights in Sierra Leone is a persistent problem that limits the ability of women to contribute to society and development whilst predisposing them to unending stream of other violations.

This research findings uses some components of sectored and ‘problem driven’ political economy analysis to understand the relationships between prevailing security and justice institutions according to culture, customs and traditions of the people in targeted communities, and actors and the way women who have experienced violence in relation to land ownership rights/asset rights seek redress in Sierra Leone. In particular, this study focuses on understanding the nature of women’s lack of land ownership rights especially in relations to how many men and even some women perceive Land Ownership Rights in the traditional settings in rural Sierra Leone, and then works up through the different options women may (or may not) have for seeking redress.

Women’s lack of Land Ownership rights in Sierra Leone is shaped by a number of factors, related to cultural and traditional attitudes, the history of conflict, the political environment and government interventions. Influenced by these factors, women in Sierra Leone are subjected to numerous kinds of violence, which are often interrelated. This includes domestic violence (physical, economic and emotional/psychological), communal/cultural violence, sexual violence and structural violence as manifested in land ownership rights violations across the country.

It is expected that this report will provide a strong evidence to embark on a community driven advocacy for enhancing women’s rights to own land  and other properties in Sierra Leone.

Report on Women’s Lack of Land Ownership Rights and the Socio-economic Impacts on their Livelihoods

2015 Annual Report

Since Sierra Leone was hit by the Ebola surge in 2014, the work of HUWASAL in 2015 , greatly focused on complimenting efforts to bring an end to the transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease and providing holistic prevention and response services to incidents of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Our heart-felt thanks and appreciation goes to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for providing both financial and technical support to this effort.
This report details HUWASAL’s activities in 2015 including successes, lessons learned, challenges faced as well as recommendations for more improvement in addressing human rights and development issues affecting the target population.

It is hoped that this report will facilitate further dialogue with key civil society partners, state actors and donor partners in ensuring that effective mechanisms are developed towards the advancement of social justice and development in Sierra Leone.

2015 Annual Report

UNDEF Supports HUWASAL Towards Improving Women’s Land Ownership Rights.

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The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) has provided support to the Humanist Watch Salone (HUWASAL) to implement a project titled Enhancing Women’s Land Ownership Rights in Eastern Sierra Leone .

This  community-driven project is aimed at supporting a more extensive and informed public debate and advocacy on women’s land ownership rights in Kailahun, Kenema and Kono Districts-Eastern Sierra Leone. The project will focus on research, public awareness-raising, building knowledge of communities on human rights and the Devolution of Estates legal framework, thus creating a forum for communities to critically analyze the need to enhance gender fairness and social justice in the existing land tenure system

Project Start Date : 1st January, 2016

Project End Date: 31st December, 2017

Accountability on Humanist Watch

Accountability has been one of the fashionable words on the work of Humanist Watch Salone . The concept has been applied to HUWASAL so many years ago. In its simplest definition, the term refers to “the obligation to report on one’s activities to a set of legitimate authorities.”

The Humanist Watch Salone staff and Board believe that accountability is necessary , a right, and a common tradition for all activities undertaken on HUWASAL .

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Our Humanist Watch Salone 2013 Annual Report

Message on the 2013 Annual Report from National Coordinator .

Dear All,

In the push of HUWASAL’s projects implementation in 2013, I wish to recognized the support of our partners UNDP, Engineers Without Boarder-Demark through Engineers Without Boarders-Sierra Leone, and Amnesty International-Sierra Leone as well as our Advisory Board, staff members and Non-State Actors’ (NSA)s, the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA), the courts (Local, Magistrate and High courts), Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) towards our achievements realized. It is because of your steadfast support that we have been able to continue supporting our targeted clients. Your tireless efforts have gone directly into the hands of the less privileged and deprived thus improving their lives and making history.

As we moved forward together, we were faced with a saddened moment, as we lost our brother on the 3rd December 2013, founding member and National Coordinator of the Humanist Watch Salone, (the Late Titus Massally, may his soul rest in perfect peace). However, we cannot be blind to the challenges we face daily in our work but to consolidate our energy to forge ahead. This resilience has undoubtedly driven us in our task of improving social justice thus advancing peace and development in Sierra Leone.

In our work, we are at a crossroads, while the horror of social injustice more especially against women, children and other under privileged members of the society has not abated. Our task to ensure the attainment of social justice, peace and development is a clear vision of better future and hope for the society. Innovative and effective work is being done every day – with so few resources but with so much commitment, expertise and heart – right where it is needed most. With this urge, we will continue to make gains surmounting the obstacles we meet in our daily ventures.

Thank you all for the continued support

Christopher M.Briama ( National Coordinator –HUWASAL )

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Humanist Watch Salone 2012 Newsletter

Humanist Watch Salone (HUWASAL) is a civil society organization working in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. The organization’s activities for 2012 focuses on the following; Improving women and children access to justice, Women’s participation in 2012 elections and post –elections political dialogue, Strengthening community accountability demand on maternal health care services, Monitoring, documentation and reporting of human rights abuses and violations, Socioeconomic empowerment of women, Alternative dispute resolution, Networking and coordination and building on lessons learned towards the achievement of sustainable social change. Implemented activities were aimed at promoting development communication towards addressing issues of social injustice through knowledge building and bridging social and development
gaps, focusing on youth , women, children, community leaders and state and non-state actors. Supports from our generous donors such as UNDP Access to Justice Programme in Sierra Leone, International Rescue Committee (IRC), International Foundation for Elections System (IFES), Amnesty International  Sierra Leone, Global Xchange through VSO-Sierra Leone and the Advisory Board gives the impetus to HUWASAL towards the successful achievement of the desired outcomes of the implemented projects. Furthermore, civil society partners as well as state players like Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA), Family Support Unit

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HUMANIST WATCH SALONE KEY PARTNERS

OUR KEY PARTNERS
Since its inception, HUWASAL‘s partners include the following:
United Nations Development Programme-UNDP

  •  Cordaid
  • Trust Fund for Indigenous Issues
  • International Foundation for Elections System(IFES)
  • International Rescue Committee(IRC)
  • Amnesty International- Sierra Leone
  • UNAMSIL Civil Affairs Section
  • Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs(MSWGCA)
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs( Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police)
  • Ministry of Health and Sanitation
  • Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
  • Ministry of Local Government and Community Development
  • Civil society partners
  • United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)

HUMANIST WATCH SALONE AFFILIATIONS

AFFILIATIONS
Networking is one way HUWASAL strives to enhance capacity for better service delivery through information sharing, experiences and other resources with like-minded institutions and agencies at various levels. In this vein, HUWASAL is an affiliate member of the following civil society coalitions and networks;
 Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations
 Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) Civil Society Network.
 Kenema and Kailahun Districts Human Rights Committees and serve as coordinating agency of Human Rights Committees in the Eastern Province.
 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Consultative Forum and serve as Focal Organization for Eastern Province.
 Focal civil society organization for Open Government Initiative (OGI) in the Eastern Province.
 Budget Advocacy Network (BAN) and Non-State Actor (NSA) and serve as Regional Focal organization for the Eastern Province.
 Kenema District Civil Society Coalition.
 Clean up the Word (Global environmental campaign Group).
 Eastern Region GBV Steering Committee and Kailahun District Gender Working Team and serve as secretary for the Eastern Region GBV Steering Committee.
 Amnesty International-Sierra Leone Coalition on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Campaign and serve as chair organization for the Coalition Management Committee(CMC) and
 International Association for volunteer Effort (IAVE)
 West Africa Humanist Network