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HISTORIC: President Bio Leads UN Resolution for Survivors of Sexual Violence,

HISTORIC: President Bio Leads UN Resolution for Survivors of Sexual Violence,

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HISTORIC: President Bio Leads UN Resolution for Survivors of Sexual Violence,

By State House Media and Communications Unit 

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has successfully moved for a UN resolution on sexual violence survivors, a historic feat that marks the first time in the history of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, to have sexual violence survivors on the agenda.   

When on 15 April 2021 President Bio agreed to become the lead facilitator of the resolution for survivors of sexual violence at the 76th UNGA in 2021, supported by Questlove (Ahmir Thompson) and Black Thought (Tarik Trotter) of The Roots, Rise seized the opportunity to directly pitch to him for Sierra Leone to become the lead sponsor.

“I cannot be a silent witness to this crime. The silence of men is deafening. Our commitment [to survivors] is absolute,” said the President, when he agreed to partner with Rise, a United States based national nonprofit, founded by Amanda Nguyen, a survivor of sexual violence who penned her own civil rights into existence and unanimously passed the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, after her own rape.

"Friends of Hands Off Our Girls Campaign" raised US $110,000 dollars

"Friends of Hands Off Our Girls Campaign" raised US $110,000 dollars

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"Friends of Hands Off Our Girls Campaign" raised US $110,000 dollars

Sierra Leone's First Lady Fatima Bio Presents "Hands Off Our Girls" as the People's Campaign, Praises Husband on Securing UNGA Agenda Item for Survivors of Sexual Violence

Maryland, United States, Saturday 25 September 2021 – Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Madam Fatima Bio, has presented to Sierra Leoneans in the USA and dubbed the "Hands Off Our Girls" as the People's Campaign where she praised her husband, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, for successfully securing an agenda item at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

Youth Minister Launches Social Good Summit 2021

Youth Minister Launches Social Good Summit 2021

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Youth Minister Launches Social Good Summit 2021

By Bampia James Bundu, Strategic Communications Unit MIC.

The Minister of Youth Affairs Mr. Mohamed Orman Bangura has launched the 2021 Social Good Summit intended to raise awareness, inspire global actions and explore accelerating means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2023.

The launching ceremony was held at the weekly government press briefing held at the conference room of the Ministry of Information and Communications 8th Floor Youyi Building in Freetown on Thursday 16th September 2021. 

In his address, the Minister of Youth Affairs Mr. Mohamed Orman Bangura explained that the Social Good Summit is an opportunity to bring young people of Sierra Leone to the centre stage of driving social change.

The summit encourages national innovation to advance the Global Sustainable Development Goals. He revealed that government through the Ministry of Youth Affairs in collaboration with National Youth Commission, National Youth Service, Directorate of Science Technology and Innovation, United Nations Agencies and Private Sector Partners, is using this national platform to give young people the opportunity to showcase their ideas, creativity and the use of technology to solve community development challenges.

NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

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NCD launches Report on the State of Sierra Leone’s Democracy

By Musa Kamara

The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) whilst observing the International Day of Democracy (September 15th) with theme, “Strengthening Democratic Resilience in the Face of Future Crisis,” has on Tuesday, September 21st 2021, launched a report on “The State of Democracy in Sierra Leone,” and with other 2 policy briefs.

The report was launched at the New Brookfields Hotel in Freetown by Ambassador Mohamed Foday Yumkella- Minister of Political and Public Affairs, on behalf of the Vice President, Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.

In his statements on behalf of VP Jalloh, Minister Yumkella said the report on “The State of Democracy in Sierra Leone,” and the 2 policy briefs on “Promoting Political Tolerance in Sierra Leone” and “the Barriers and Challenges to Parliamentarians Engagement with their Constituents, shed lights on the significant role of research in provoking policy decisions that have repercussions on the consolidation of democratic good governance.

President Bio Attends Opening of 76th General Assembly

President Bio Attends Opening of 76th General Assembly

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President Bio Attends Opening of 76th General Assembly

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has attended the opening session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly on the theme: "Building resilience through hope - to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people and revitalize the United Nations".

US President Joe Biden, in his first such address to the assembly since his election, started off with the devastation caused by COVID-19 to countries and their economies across the world.

“We meet this year in a moment  intermingled with great pain and extraordinary possibility. We’ve lost so much to this devastating pandemic that continues to claim lives around the world and impact so much on our existence.

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