March 8, 2023
United Kingdom (UK) Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP is currently visiting Sierra Leone, his mother’s home town.
The Foreign Secretary will use the trip to announce his department’s updated approach to helping women and girls globally.
James Cleverly will travel to Bo in the West African country, where he will visit a school and a hospital to see how UK-funded projects are offering targeted assistance to women and girls.
The senior Conservative has previously described himself as the first British MP from a Sierra Leonean background and spoken of being “proud” of his heritage.
His mother moved from Sierra Leone to south-east London in the 1960s, working in Lewisham Hospital as a midwife and marrying Mr Cleverly’s British father.
Mr Cleverly said: “Advancing gender equality and challenging discrimination is obviously the right thing to do, but it also brings freedom, boosts prosperity and trade, and strengthens security – it is the fundamental building block of all healthy democracies.
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