From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day is marked by the United Nations as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
It is a period in which highest form of sensitivity is displayed towards women. It is this period in which the Government of Sierra Leone has refused bail and locked up two strong women, Madam Madina Rahman, the former Deputy Health Minister and Mrs. Hassiatou Agbaje, the first woman to ever head a Bank in entire history of Sierra Leone.
Yesterday, Monday 26th November 2018 which was first weekday of 16-Days period, was marked by their arrests and detentions.
Details for arresting Rahman is unknown whilst Jalloh-Agbaje’s “crime” is possibly the one as stated on a video release from Prof. Kallon, the Bank Governor. Kallon’s video has been called a chicanery, sparking anger.
Meanwhile, Awareness Times has confirmed from sources that attempts made to secure Bail for the two women were rebuffed.
‘Orders from Above’ ensured the ladies got refused bail. They have spent last night locked up by the Police. This is how Sierra Leone has commenced the 16-Days of Activism by refusing to grant bail to prominent women.