Sierra Leone’s government invited the women’s movement to draw up a bill to usher in the quota system they had been demanding for the past 10 years. The women set about working tirelessly to draft and push through a bill stipulating that women should have a 30% representation in government and public decision-making spaces.

Read this text by Hussaina J Abdullah, as she explores the disappointment felt by the women’s movement of Sierra Leone after learning that the 30% quota bill was not included in the 2012 parliamentary session, as promised by the ruling government.

This text was published on the 26th September 2012 as part of the ‘Guardian Poverty Matters Blog’ series.