Sierra Leone’s newly amended Citizenship Act now guarantees equal rights to women and men to confer nationality to their children. Prior to this amendment, female citizens were unable to pass their Sierra Leonean nationality to their children born abroad, while male citizens could. (Women in Sierra Leone have been able to confer nationality to their children born in the country since 2006.)
This change follows on the heels of reforms in Madagascar and the United States earlier this year that also eliminated gender discrimination in nationality laws.
How have debates been within the country on this law? How might this influence the ECOWAS countries or the African region on nationality, given the attention others in the region have placed on the issue of nationality? How does this change relate to other gender or child rights issues in the country?
Read more with this update from the Campaign on Equal Nationality Rights:
And this brief news article: