FIRST LADY ATTENDS 7TH TOKYO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT (TICAD 7) FIRST SPOUSES PROGRAMME.

H.E The First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio

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On Thursday, August 29, 2019, First Ladies from Africa met at Sankeien Garden, for TICAD7 First Spouses Programme. They were hosted by Mrs. Akie Abe, spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan.

The programme started with a round table discussion. This was unique because First Ladies were asked to share their activities or projects in their countries and exchange ideas about the role of First Spouses in developing Africa.

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First Lady Fatima Bio is in agreement with this consultative approach to development as opposed to programmes being imposed on African countries. She stated that proper consultation, led to effective home-grown programmes. Her #HandsOffOurGirls campaign is a testament to that.

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After the roundtable discussion, the First Ladies moved to have Traditional Japanese Lunch . They had a short break where traditional manner and utensils associated with the tea ceremony was explained. The tea ceremony that followed was a beautiful, with First Ladies being served the best of Chinese tea. They then went on to the cultural aspect of the programme. They experienced Japanese culture through music performance , and Kimono: the Chinese traditional dress.

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The programme achieved the objective of First Ladies learning and experiencing Japanese culture, more importantly it provided an opportunity to deepen exchanges among the First Ladies and better corporation with Japan.

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Contact:
Department of Strategic Communications
Office of The First Lady
info@officeofthefirstlady.gov.sl
+232 303 68273

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**LAND THAT WE LOVE OUR SIERRA LEONE**

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