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A Powerful Woman on a Mission: First Lady Dr Fatima Bio Enroute to London …As she continues to mobilise global support for women

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A Powerful Woman on a Mission: First Lady Dr Fatima Bio Enroute to London …As she continues to mobilise global support for women

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The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio is currently in London as part of her drive to continue mobilising global support for women and women’s affairs.
The first lady landed in London with her entourage after an enviable victory at the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York, where she successfully introduced a Resolution to Declare November 18 every year as the “World Day for the Prevention of, and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence” and a Resolution on “Sexual exploitation and abuse: implementing a zero-tolerance policy” and was swiftly adopted by the world body.
Landing in London, Dr. Bio wrote on her Facebook wall speaking on her victory at the UNGA.
She said: “When the World stands with you as you make history is priceless. 118 countries around the world stood firm to make it happen. It is official. I am the only first lady in the world to present a Resolution at the General Assembly and it is adopted by the assembly by consensus.
I am the only first lady in the world to present two Resolutions in one year to the UN General Assembly and both adopted.
Thanks to Allah for his mercies and blessings upon my life. Thanks to President Dr Julius Maada Bio for giving me, your wife, the support to serve our Nation Sierra Leone. Thanks to Mama Salone for voting for my Husband Dr Julius Maada Bio. That decision is what has given me the platform to work in the service of our people. Thanks to the Government and people of Sierra Leone. Thanks to my mother and the rest of my family. Thanks to P.R Amb. Fanday Turay and his team. Thanks to the team of the Office of the First Lady. Thanks to all the UN Member States for adopting my resolution. G7, European Union, Asia, The Middle East, America, Africa, Australia, The Catholic Church, Islamic Reliefs and the 3rd Committee at the UN. The journey continues as I keep serving humanity. “Hands Off Our Girls”.
While in London, the First Lady was on scheduled to meet with groups supporting women’s empowerment including meeting with the Voice Newspaper regarding the outstanding work of the First Lady. The programme was slated to be moderated by Paulette Simpson CBE (Deputy CEO JN Bank UK and Executive Director of The Voice Newspaper.
Dr. Bio is also expected to engage women at a fundraising event from her own political party (the Sierra Leone People’s Party – SLPP) to mobilise further support for her incredible work.
The Hands Off Our Girls is her flagship program. This campaign was launched in December 2018 specifically to bring awareness, influence policy and support women and girls to have access to reproductive healthcare and treatment for conditions like Fistula and Cancer, and to eliminate such abuses like early childhood marriage, gender-based violence and rape.
The campaign is very personal to the First Lady and she feels passionate about its success.  Since launching the campaign, she has toured the entire nation, meeting with Paramount Chiefs, Imams, Pastors and Tribal Leaders to sensitise the nation on the impact of these issues affecting women and girls.
Her advocacy has had considerable success improving the quality of life for young girls and women in Sierra Leone and empowering them to speak out against being abused, evidenced by the increase in police department reports about rape and gender-based violence.  Women’s and girls’ voices are now being heard when they report sexual predators and abusers in their homes and communities.
Her Excellency’s campaign has been recognised by the African Union as a champion for empowerment of girls and women in neighbouring countries in Africa.

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