The Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs; Hon. Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden together with women and girls of Sierra Leone have shown signs of appreciation to His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma by giving him a farewell award for his support in empowering women and girls of Sierra Leone throughout his 10 years in governance.
The president of Children’s Forum Network (CFN) Paulina Bangura and the president Kenema District Children Network Forum, Ramatulai Kamara on behalf of women and girls of this country made the presentation to the President as a symbol of deep appreciation for his leadership role in empowering women and girls of the country. This presentation was done on Wednesday March 8th 2017, during the International Women’s Day celebration at Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma Mini-Stadium, in Newton, Western Area Rural District of the country.
Ramatulai Kamara, whilst presenting the plaque, said they as girls are predicting that by 2030, women are to lead men in Sierra Leone. Reading the plaque, she recited “His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the women of Sierra Leone appreciate the remarkable contribution you have done in the advancement of women from 2007 to 2017. You are our shining star through transformational and empowerment of Sierra Leone women and girls.” She added, “On this International Women’s Day, we want to say thank you to His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and your wife for what you have done for the women and girls of this country and we are very proud of you.”
His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma in his keynote address said this year’s celebration is where women of this country join other women in the world to celebrate the International Women’s Day. He said “for us in Sierra Leone, we believe that this celebration is the celebration that we are all glad because it has represented the unstoppable match towards women empowerment and gender equality in the country.”
He added that it is unstoppable march because as a country, we have come a long way in women empowerment. He said, the government is celebrating the day under the theme that the world leaders have agreed on, which is “Women in the Changing World of Work and it Aspires to Planet 50-50 by 2030. President Koroma further delved that the theme means by 2030, all what we are advocating for, what we have advanced and what we are fighting for in the 50-50 program would surely be achieved by 2030.
In addition, the President thanked the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and its development partners for giving them a national theme “Sustaining Increase in Inclusive Participation of Women to Enhance Socio-economic development of Gender parity by 2030.”
During her statement, Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden said they had wanted to separate where girls will talk and where women are to talk but they decided to combine the programme together because of time.
She confirmed that women and girls from every corner of Sierra Leone were all there in Newton to celebrate the International Women’s Day and to support her. She said those women were there to glorify and celebrate the President of Sierra Leone for his support towards women and girls of this nation. She said what the President has achieved for this country is not for their generation but for the generation to come.
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