Mrs Musu Stevens addresses African American Women’s Assoc meeting
Washington, DC, Saturday 22nd April, 2012: In her interaction with members of the African American Women’s Association (AAWA) at the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Washington, DC. yesterday afternoon, the wife of the Ambassador, Mrs. Musu Hafsatu Stevens lauded the efforts of Sierra Leone’s First Lady for her untiring support in advancing the cause of women and children.
“I should here make mention of the commendable initiatives of the First Lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Sia Koroma towards improving maternal health. She has been making positive contributions in increasing access to healthcare facilities in rural communities through her “Women’s Initiative for Safer Health – WISH.” This programme supports women’s health and, in addition to completing the renovation of a hospital, has been distributing baby packs and supplementary food-packs to new mothers.”
Continuing with her remarks in her capacity as Guest Speaker, Mrs. Stevens stressed that even though Sierra Leonean women are faced with several challenges, the new gender-positive policies, coupled with the skills-training and the building of women’s capacities in general, make the future for Sierra Leonean women a brighter prospect.
In conclusion, Mrs. Stevens thanked the AAWA members for the support they have been giving to the Freetown Cheshire Home and School for children disabled with polio, saying that their work “is making a difference in the lives of those physically challenged children”.
The theme of the meeting was “Our Fundraising Charity Project: The Freetown Cheshire Home in Sierra Leone for the Physically Challenged Children.”
An exchange of ideas followed Mrs. Stevens’ remarks, which was moderated by the current AWAA President Mrs. Octavia Johnson, herself a citizen of Sierra Leone.
At the meeting were a past president of AAWA, other executive members, and the Correspondence Secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Banks, who gave the vote of thanks.
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