On Friday, November 3, 2023, Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Her Excellency Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, held an important meeting with strategic partners ahead of the UN World Day for the Prevention of and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Violence on November 18.

The meeting, which took place at the First Lady’s Office in Goderich, was attended by representatives from organizations such as Defence for Children International, AWC, Don Bosco, DCI-SL, CAF, and the Raimbo Initiative.

During the meeting, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio emphasized the importance of working together to tackle the global challenge of child sexual exploitation, abuse, and violence. She also highlighted the need to create a platform for survivors to actively participate in the planned three-day event, so that they can receive the necessary support and solidarity on their journey towards recovery.

The meeting was a productive one, with the attendees discussing collective strategies to advance key global initiatives and strengthen alliances. Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, who is known for her dedication to social causes, utilized this occasion to further her commitment to addressing this pressing issue.

The session concluded on an optimistic note, with the attendees capturing group photographs to commemorate their collaborative efforts.

First Lady’s Commitment to Global Challenges

The First Lady’s meeting with strategic partners is a testament to her commitment to working together to tackle global challenges. She is a leading advocate for the Hands Off Our Girls Campaign, a movement launched by President Maada Bio in December 2018 to ban early child marriage and end sexual violence against women and girls.

In 2022, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio spearheaded the adoption of the first ever World Day for the Prevention of, and Healing from Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Violence, which is commemorated annually on 18 November.

Sierra Leone’s Active Involvement in the United Nations

The meeting also showcases Sierra Leone’s active involvement in the United Nations’ mission for positive change. Sierra Leone is a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council and has ratified a number of international human rights conventions, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The government of Sierra Leone is also committed to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to create a more equitable and sustainable future for all.

The First Lady’s meeting with strategic partners is a positive development in the fight against child sexual exploitation, abuse, and violence. It is clear that Dr. Fatima Maada Bio is committed to working together to tackle this global challenge and to ensure that survivors receive the support and solidarity they need.