𝐅ðĒðŦ𝐎𝐭 𝐋𝐚𝐝ðē 𝐃ðŦ. 𝐅𝐚𝐭ðĒm𝐚 𝐌𝐚𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝐁ðĒðĻ 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐎 ð‚ðĄðšðŦ𝐠𝐞 𝐟ðĻðŦ ð“ðĄðž 𝐏ðŦðĻðĄðĒ𝐛ðĒ𝐭ðĒðĻ𝐧 ðĻ𝐟 ð‚ðĄðĒðĨ𝐝 𝐌𝐚ðŦðŦðĒ𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐭 𝐎𝐟 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒, 𝐂ðĻ𝐧ðŊ𝐞ðē𝐎 𝐚 𝐒𝐭ðŦ𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐠ðĒ𝐜 𝐒𝐭𝐚ðĪðžðĄðĻðĨ𝐝𝐞ðŦ𝐎 𝐌𝐞𝐞𝐭ðĒ𝐧𝐠

𝐅𝐞𝐛ðŦðŪ𝐚ðŦðē ðŸðŸ’ð­ðĄ 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒.

Today, First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio conveyed a critical meeting at her Goderich offices in Freetown, uniting key stakeholders to rally behind the proposed Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2024. This critical legislation aims to abolish child marriage, shield victims and cultivate a safer environment for young girls across Sierra Leone.

With fervent dedication, the First Lady passionately advocated for the Act, underscoring its potential to revolutionize the lives of countless girls and forge a brighter future for the nation. Her impassioned plea resonated deeply with attendees, including representatives from Save the Children, UNFPA and UN Women, who pledged resolute support for its enactment.

Patrick Analo, Save the Children’s Country Director emphasized the urgency of the matter, stating, enacting this bill will not only shield girls from harmful practices but also thwart a legalized form of rape. Sustaining girls’ education is pivotal for their growth and the future of Sierra Leone.

Nadia Rasheed, UNFPA’s Country Representative, echoed the sentiments of the First Lady, asserting, Child marriage inflicts dire consequences on girls’ health, education and overall well-being. We applaud the First Lady’s leadership and firmly stand behind the enactment of this imperative legislation.

The bipartisan support from Parliament was evident, with Hon. Catherine Z. Tarawally and Hon. A. S. Marray Conteh, representing both sides of the aisle with full cooperation. Their presence underscores the growing consensus surrounding the Act, marking a significant stride towards its successful implementation.

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Strategic Communications Division,

Office of the First Lady,

Republic of Sierra Leone.

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