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“Look here, Peace is in my hands. Peace is in our hands,” said Ms. Maude Peacock, President of the national umbrella organization Women’s Forum Sierra Leone (WFSL). “The benefit of peace far outweighs the benefit of war, I can assure you.”
After so many years of suffering from widespread violence, Sierra Leone is coming to grips with its past and facing a future of peace with the help of the Women’s Forum, which leads the coalition of women driving the Women’s Situation Room (WSR) for peaceful elections in Sierra Leone “Peace is in our hands.”
Calls for continued international support for international courts to complete mandates and document lessons learned
United Nations, New York — Today the leadership of the Special Court for Sierra Leone addresses the United Nations Security Council and briefs them on the progress made and the challenges that remain for ensuring justice in the country.
The gathering in a well-lit Sierra Leone classroom comes off as remarkably joyful.
“By my side… by my side…” chants a group of vibrantly-clad women, swaying and clapping in unison. “No longer men in front and the women at the back, but women and men walking side-by-side.”
For women, who have long been invisible during and after conflict, truth-seeking is an opportunity to have their experiences recognised and their roles understood, as survivors and agents of change.