On the 19th of November, 2023, a heartfelt farewell was extended by Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, to Her Excellency Anna Dias Lourenco, the First Lady of Angola. The occasion marked the end of H.E. Anna’s visit to Sierra Leone, where she had been present to commemorate the significance of the World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence.

Dr. Fatima Maada Bio expressed her deep appreciation for H.E. Anna Dias Lourenco’s visit, emphasizing its profound meaning in the context of global service dedicated to the protection and empowerment of girls and women. The First Lady of Sierra Leone hailed H.E. Anna’s presence as a powerful testament and a demonstration of unwavering commitment to advancing the cause of women’s rights on an international scale.

The commemoration of the 18th of November, a day likely significant in the realm of women’s empowerment or human rights, became a focal point for the two First Ladies to discuss and share their visions for a world where the rights of women and girls are championed. The exchange of ideas and collaboration between these two influential figures reflects a shared commitment to fostering positive change and addressing the challenges faced by women globally.

As H.E. Anna Dias Lourenco returned to Angola, the echoes of her visit lingered in the hearts of those who witnessed the camaraderie between the First Ladies. The event serves as a beacon of hope and solidarity in the collective pursuit of a more equitable and just world, particularly in safeguarding the rights and well-being of girls and women.