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Know Your Rights: Sierra Leone Domestic Violence Act
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Ministry of social welfare, gender and children’s affairs
New England Ville, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace (WPJP)
In Sierra Leone, girls comprised 25 percent of soldiers. They were recruited as soldiers as well as forced sexual partners, known as ‘bush wives’. When they returned to their communities, many of their families rejected them. Source: UNFPA, State of the World Population 2005: The Promise of Equality, UNFPA, New York, 2005.
In a program for girls associated with armed groups in Sierra Leone, 32% reported having been raped and 66% were single mothers. Source: T. Holst-Roness, Violence against girls in Africa during armed conflict and crises, ICRC, Addis Ababa, 2006.
Approximately 50,000 to 64,000 internally displaced women in Sierra Leone have histories of war-related assault; 50% of those who came into contact with the Revolutionary United Front reported sexual violence. Source: Physicians for Human Rights, War-Related Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone: A Population-based Assessment, Boston, 2002.
In Sierra Leone, a majority of women who played an active role as combatants were poorly represented in disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) programs. Source: Physicians for Human Rights, War-Related Sexual Violence in Sierra Leone: A Population-based Assessment, Boston, 2002.
According to the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (EC), 6.2 % of women have knowledge on EC, and 1.1% of women have ever used EC in Sierra Leone. Source: International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, Counting what counts : Tracking Access to Emergency Contraception, 2014