With support from the United Nations Development Programme and Irish Aid, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) has trained new staff in gender sensitive dimensions of the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The training at the Civil Service Training College, Tower Hill was spearheaded by the Directorates of Gender and Children’s Affairs and Business and Human Rights and Labour Relations. The aim was to strengthen the capacity and knowledge of staff to handle gender issues in business and human rights.
Director of Gender and Children’s Affairs, Madam Gloria Bayoh, described the training as timely and important as new staff were able to understand what the United Nation’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, especially in relation to gender sensitive issues is all about.
She urged participants to make good use of the training by putting into practice the knowledge gained.
Also, Deputy Director and Head of Business and Human Rights and Labour Relations, Abdulai Yollah Bangura said it is the first time the Commission is organizing training for staff on business and human rights in relation to gender issues and therefore urged staff to take it seriously.
“This training is to make us understand the trending things in the regions, especially those connected to businesses,” he said.
Presentations during the second session include; Women’s Rights and SGBV in Companies and Host Communities by the Chairperson; Madam Patricia Narsu Ndanema, Understanding the Business and Human Rights Ahenda and UNGPs by Head of Business and Human Rights Directorate; Abdulai Yollah Bangura, Mechanisms for Monitoring Business andHuman Rights in Sierra Leone by the Executive Secretary; Joseph Kamara and Categories of Rights Affected by Business Operations by Moses Massquoi.