In Northern Sierra Leone, A Woman Wants To Be Chief

Beyond the Veil|  Elizabeth Simbiwa Sogbo-Tortu was barred from an election to the chiefdom of Sierra Leone because she was a woman, and she lost her initial appeal against her ban, a ruling condemned by women’s rights groups who are vowing to take her case to the Supreme Court.

The politicians are afraid of the traditionalists — men — but they also don’t want to anger the women, according to the BBC’s Umaru Fofana in Freetown.

Women are barred from becoming chiefs in the Northern Province and most of the east but they are allowed in southern Sierra Leone. Read on in Global Futures