Over the weekend, a high level delegation from the National Council of ‘Sowies’ organised a day consultation meeting with Bondo Society Authorities (Sowies) drawn from 16 Chiefdoms in kenema District.
The consultative meeting was held at the Kenema Court Barry Main Street in Kenema.
In her address, the acting National President Madam Elsie Kondorloma lauded the women for being firmed and committed in the traditional norms especially in maintaining the rules and regulations set by government which is to prevent under age-girls from premature initiation.
She applauded the government and colleagues for demonstrating loyalty, love and dedication to her Leadership.
On her part, the Acting Mamie Queen in Kenema District, Madam Hawa Ngawo, who chaired the occasion, thanked the Sowie Council for meeting with them, adding that it will help them in raising more awareness to the women in order to see the need in maintaining government’s policy against child initiation. She further commended the delegation from Bo for their support and commitment towards the sowie council and the sisterly love they shared in common.
In her response, the National Secretary General of the sowies Council, Madam Kadai Zuluku, celebrated district leadership for organizing such meeting emphasizing the significance role women displayed in keeping to the covid-19 roles including laws protecting under-age girls in the district. She maintained that the consultation is a way to establish dialogue between the authorities and traditional institutions in maintaining unity, love and solidarity among women in the country. She admonished non-members to keep off their tradition and focus on their own development and encouraged all present to promote girl child education.
The town Chief of Blama, Madam Yeama korgbako, welcomed the initiative of the sowies Council and admonished them to prioritize girl child education ahead of traditional practices.
Chief Yeama also called on other local authorities to work in close collaboration with the sowies in their various the Chiefdoms.
She displayed delightfulness to the sowies and gave them an open hand in Chiefdom, whilst urging the gathering to continue abiding to the COVID19 protocols stressing on hand washing, social distancing and the wearing of face masks.
Similar comments were made all 16 Chiefdoms sowies Heads and including the Mamie Queens. Cultural performances climaxed the meeting.