Various civil society news in West Africa are captured in this edition of the Situation Report.
With support from the European Union and other civil society organisations, Sierra Leone launched a three-year program dedicated to training individuals and CSO’s on the importance of civic engagement in local communities.
World Press Freedom Day was celebrated on May 3. CSOs across West Africa took the opportunity to call upon the government to repeal laws obstructing press freedom as well as for civil society to stand up for its freedom of expression. Various countries celebrated the progress made in this area, but also lamented the challenges that still stand. In Sénégal, hundreds of media representatives marched in protest of the economic struggles that prevent journalists from being effective in their work.