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Madam Fatima Bio Appointed UNAIDS Champion, vowed increased sensitization on issues of women & girls

First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone Madam Fatima Maada Bio has been appointed Champion of UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, as a direct result of her work in the field of child protection, gender and sexual based violence, and reproductive rights.

First Lady Fatima Bio over the years has been working on the "Hands off Our Girls" project, a sensitization against sexual and gender based abuse and the menstrual hygiene initiative of nationwide distribution of sanitary pads to school going girls.

A certificate of appointment was presented to her on Tuesday 19th September 2023, by Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, given her work spanning years & at the United Nations, including her pioneering a resolution sponsored by Sierra Leone and co-sponsored by Nigeria.

The document referenced and cited her work of “empowerment and engagement of adolescent girls and young women”.

First Lady Bio who in days past, has been continuing her work in rallying support from other countries in enacting and implementing stringent actions to protect women and girls, vowed to do the same in her country, Sierra Leone.

She promised a continuation of championing the rights, well-being, and opportunities for the most vulnerable and marginalized members of society, to positively engage through sensitization to influence change.

She expanded that her advocacy will incorporate a primary focus of engagement of adolescent girls and young women, particularly in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and support.


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