In post-conflict Sierra Leone, women have managed to secure 13.5 % of seats in parliament – thanks to women’s groups and coalitions, mobilisation and activism.

While the political resistance to Sierra Leone having a quota was high, the women’s movement has succeeded in forcing the political parties and the government into recognising that it is no longer politically viable to sidestep women’s rights should political parties wish to capitalise on women’s voting power.

Read this text as it explores the challenges that face Sierra Leonean women and how they are fighting to ensure that the quota project is not hijacked by male-dominated pre-election political agendas.