In Sierra Leone, woman politician is arrested for inciting protest against rising prices, and other stories
#WomenLead (Issue 106): Your weekly round-up on women in politics
Hello, and welcome to Issue 106!
What a week this has been!
The UK’s Prime Minister has finally agreed to step down. In Sri Lanka, the President has fled after angry protesters stormed his house. Our condolences to the people of Japan where former PM Shinzo Abe passed away after being shot.
Too much to process, and yet there is more. In the West African nation of Sierra Leone, people - mostly women - took to the streets to protest the harsh economic conditions and the government’s policies. They were met with police arrests (no surprises there). In this week’s spotlight, we look at what’s happening in the country. There are no “quick updates” today but lots of reading recommendations, and some cheer from Finland in our video of the week.
In case you missed last week’s edition, you can read it here.
Spotlight: SIERRA LEONE 🇸🇱🇸🇱🇸🇱
On July 3, Sunday, Dr Femi Claudius Cole, a rare woman politician in Sierra Leone, was arrested and detained by police.
“Inciting” a group of women who were planning to stage a peaceful protest against the rising cost of living and growing poverty in the country, The Sierra Leone Telegraph reported.
Yes, this is increasingly becoming a repeat story in so many parts of the world.