In a remarkable move to enhance her ongoing advocacy efforts in combating child sexual exploitation, abuse and violence, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, has engaged various Development Partners to commence for them all to collectively plan around Sierra Leone’s inaugural commemoration of the United Nations “World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence” that is now slated to hold on November 18th annually.

Taking place at the Office of the First Lady in Goderich on Monday October 2nd 2023, the engagement saw the participation of esteemed representatives from key organizations such as UNFPA, Partners in Health, Irish Aid, UN Women, UNICEF, Goal Sierra Leone, CDC, IRC, amongst others who are all dedicated to combating the menace against children.

Last year, during the 77th UN General Assembly, First Lady Fatima Maada Bio played a pivotal role in successfully advocating for the official UN resolution that has designated November 18th as the World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence.

The resolution presented on the floor of the General Assembly by First Lady Fatima Maada Bio, emphasizes the importance of member nations, international organizations, leaders, civil society, NGOs, faith leaders, academic institutions, and businesses collaborating to commemorate the slated day in a manner that best suits their respective communities.

It is in anticipation of the upcoming November 18th Day for this year 2023, that H.E. First Lady proactively invited Partners to discuss her proposed plans for commemorating the day.

During the meeting, the First Lady presented her plans to the partners, urging them to carefully review and explore possible ways in which they can be part of Sierra Leone’s 3-Day Initiative.

First Lady Maada Bio emphasized the importance of providing a platform for the survivors to fully participate throughout the planned 3-Days event. She said this will ensure that they feel supported and not to feel that they are alone during their journey of recovery.

The Development Partners in attendance expressed their deep appreciation to Her Excellency First Lady Fatima Maada Bio for championing such a worthy cause. They believe that hosting such an event will amplify Sierra Leone’s commitment to acknowledging November 18th as a global day of recognition for the pains that afflicted victims face. The partners wholeheartedly assured of their support for the Initiative whilst looking forward to swiftly make their suggestions and inputs in the days ahead.

The engagement ended on a high and positive note with Group Photographs taken.