We are thrilled to share a momentous occasion that unfolded at the esteemed Organization of First Ladies of Africa for Development (OFLAD) high-level event, aptly titled “We are equal: closing the gender gap in Africa.” Our very own First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, took center stage and commanded the spotlight!

In a heartfelt gesture of camaraderie and admiration, the First Lady of the United States of America, Dr. Jill Biden, personally singled out Dr. Fatima Bio for a warm embrace and a peck on the cheek. This display of solidarity and recognition demonstrated the impact and significance of our First Lady’s remarkable efforts on the international stage.

The event witnessed another moment of honor as our esteemed First Lady was graciously moved from her original seat to occupy a table alongside Dr. Jill Biden and the President of OFLAD, who also holds the esteemed position of the First Lady of Namibia. This symbolic gesture underscored the recognition of Dr. Fatima Bio’s influential work and highlighted Sierra Leone’s prominence on the global platform.

During her highly anticipated appearance, Dr. Fatima Bio delivered a powerful and inspiring speech that shed light on her groundbreaking campaign, “Hands Off Our Girls.” She eloquently showcased the immense impact of this initiative on transforming lives in Sierra Leone. Moreover, she emphasized the commitment of His Excellency the President in championing education and women’s empowerment, garnering well-deserved global recognition.

The First Lady’s presence at this high-level event on the margins of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly serves as a source of immense pride for our nation. Her tireless dedication, passion, and relentless commitment to gender equality and empowerment continue to inspire us all.

Let us unite in celebrating and commending Dr. Fatima Maada Bio for her exceptional leadership and her relentless pursuit of a better future for all Sierra Leoneans. Together, we can forge a society where every individual is bestowed with equal opportunities, and where the potential of our women and girls knows no bounds.

Credit: Strategic Communications Division
Office of the First Lady