𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐓S 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐀𝐍𝐍𝐈𝐄-𝐖𝐀𝐋𝐒𝐇 𝐌𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐈𝐀𝐋 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐋 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐀𝐇𝐌𝐀𝐃𝐈𝐘𝐘𝐀 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐋𝐈𝐌 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐃𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐎𝐎𝐋 𝐁𝐄𝐍𝐄𝐅𝐈𝐓 𝐅𝐑𝐎𝐌 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐒𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐏𝐀𝐃 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐁𝐔𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐁𝐘 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐎𝐅𝐅𝐈𝐂𝐄 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐒𝐓 𝐋𝐀𝐃𝐘

Her Excellency, Madam Fatima Maada Bio on Wednesday 9th February 2021 took the Free Sanitary Pads distribution project to Girls at the Annie Walsh Memorial School, where she emphasized on the importance of education and advantage of delayed sex.

Welcoming the First Lady and her team, the Principal of the senior school, Madam Ophelia Morrison, appreciates Her Excellency for her exceptional contribution in girls related issues and specifically for the fulfilment of her Free Sanitary Pad promise she made in 2020, as they continue to constantly pray for the success of her brave campaign.

A Plaque of appreciation was given to the First Lady by the Head Girl of the school who further thanked her for committing herself to fight and protect girls in the country.

Madam Fatima Bio underscored the necessity of the Free sanitary pad in the life of a teen girl, as menstruation is not a choice, as much as sex is. She admonished the Annie Walsh girls to do early reporting of any rape case that they are aware of directly or indirectly to the appropriate authorities and not keep quiet for fear of being labeled as a gossiper or due to fear of being blamed.

Addressing pupils at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School, First Lady made a clarion call for a support system between the boys and girls, as society can only thrive when there is equality and when the fraction that represents half of the population of a country is given an opportunity to be empowered and make informed choices.

She thanked all pupils and school authorities present for being part of the Free sanitary pads fundraising programs, while she assures them of the 2022 Free Sanitary Pad package, as the target for this year is 60,000 girls countrywide.

Whole demonstrating the quality of the pad and how it is used, She noted that the free sanitary pads are safe to use and have been certified by UN to be used anywhere in the world.

Madam Fatima, went on to digress that, one pack contain 120 pieces of pads and could last for a whole year, while she emphasized that it should not be sold or spoiled.

The distribution exercise was witness by members of the Julius Maada Bio Women Wing and Associate, the Fatima and Maada Bio foundation, Sierra Leone legendary football icon Kei Kamara and artist performances by Markmuday and crew.

Strategic Communication Division

Office of The First Lady

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