Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
Population
5,978,727
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Income Group
Low income
% of Women in the Workforce
68%
% of Women in the Workforce
68%

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Constitutional rights  
Is there a non-discrimination clause in the constitution? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 15
If there is a non-discrimination clause in the constitution, does it explicitly mention gender? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 15
Does the constitution guarantee equality before the law? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 15(a)
Is customary law recognized as a valid source of law under the constitution? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 170(1) and (2)
If customary law is a valid source of law, is it considered invalid if it violates constitutional provisions on non-discrimination or equality? NoConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 27(4)
Is personal law recognized as a valid source of law under the constitution? NoConstitution of Sierra Leone
If personal law is a valid source of law, is it considered invalid if it violates constitutional provisions on non-discrimination or equality? N/A 
Quotas  
What are the legal quotas for women on corporate boards? N/ANo applicable provisions could be located
What are the legal quotas for women in parliament? N/ANo applicable provisions could be located
What are the legal quotas for women in local government? N/ANo applicable provisions could be located
Rights of married and unmarried women  
Can an unmarried woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man? YesPassport application instructions
Can a married woman apply for a passport in the same way as a man? YesPassport application instructions
Can an unmarried woman apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man? YesThe National Registration Act, 2008, Art. 7
Can a married woman apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man? YesThe National Registraction Act, 2008, Art. 7
Can an unmarried woman travel outside the country in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, 1991, Art. 18
Can a married woman travel outside the country in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 18
Can an unmarried woman travel outside her home in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 18
Can a married woman travel outside her home in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 18
Can an unmarried woman get a job or pursue a trade or profession in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 13(g)
Can a married woman get a job or pursue a trade or profession in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 13(g)
Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? YesMarried Women's Property Act, 1882, Arts. 1 and 2
Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? YesNo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? YesMarried Women's Property Act, 1882, Arts. 1 and 2
Can an unmarried woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 18
Can a married woman choose where to live in the same way as a man? YesConstitution of Sierra Leone, Art. 18
Can an unmarried woman confer citizenship to her children in the same way as a man? YesThe Sierra Leone Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2006, Art. 3
Can a married woman confer citizenship to her children in the same way as a man? YesThe Sierra Leone Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2006, Art. 3
Can an unmarried woman be "head of household" or "head of family" in the same way as a man? N/ANo restrictions could be located
Can a married woman be "head of household" or "head of family" in the same way as a man? N/ANo restrictions could be located
Division of responsibility within marriage  
Can a married woman convey citizenship to her non-national spouse in the same way as a man? NoSierra Leone Citizenship Act, 1973, Art. 7
Are married women required by law to obey their husbands? NoNo applicable provisions could be located
Do married couples jointly share legal responsibility for financially maintaining the family's expenses? YesNo applicable provisions could be located