Sierra Leonean women have a distinguished history of involvement in pre-independence politics. Unfortunately, the country’s political history of coups and counter-coups and one-party authoritarianism changed women’s political activism.

Women and women’s organisations have played a vital role in promoting peace and leading high profile campaigns to increase women’s participation in political life. Yet Sierra Leonean women are still poorly represented in parliament and local governance.

Read this unique illustrated story as it explores the countries checkered pre colonial, post-independence, civil war and post-civil war history and women’s political participation overtime.

The information within this comic was adapted from a country paper prepared for the West African Workshop of Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Research Programme in Ghana 2006, by Hussainatu J. Abdullah, Aisha F. Ibrahim and Jamesina King.