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Zainab Bangura making Sierra Leone proud

Zainab Bangura making Sierra Leone proud

Motivation is another variable that plays good leadership.  Our intention here is to use the leadership quality of Sierra Leonean born Diplomat, Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura (in photo), past Minister of the Foreign Affairs and Health and Sanitation Ministries, as a role model for the motivation of our young promising girls and women yearning for the development of Sierra Leone.

A famous Indian author in the person of Shrushtilln, a woman of high repute, once said success is good for time that comes from inspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.  These include being direct and truthful, and many more attributes we could attest seeing in the works of Zainab Hawa Bangura during her time as civil society Activist, past Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Health and Sanitation, and her high profile position in the UN Mission in Monrovia, Liberia.

In 2012, prior to her appointment to her current position in the UN as United Nations Under-Secretary, General and Special Representative on Sexual Violence in conflict, Mrs. Bangura left an indelible mark in the Health Ministry with the slogan of her vision: “One Health Ministry One Boat, one Direction” building a very strong and resourceful partnership with health development partners.  Her untiring efforts working 24 hours round the clock at Central and District Level and ferrying across to Bonthe Island as the first female Health Minister to ensure health care is available in that deprived part of the country is very commendable.  Her midnight unannounced visits to the country’s major referral hospitals across the country and community health centres to ensure patients get the care and services they deserve was highly acclaimed by the populace.  In the Foreign Ministry, she demonstrated her over 20 years Policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa, and gave the Ministry an infrastructural face lift that gave birth to the newly constructed ultra modern complex at Tower Hill.

Madam Zainab Bangura’s contributions to the launching of several health policies and strategic plans including the Joint Compact and Programme of Work in the Health Ministry, the establishment and implementation of the Drugs Distribution Matrix and completion of many infrastructural projects including the ADB Strengthening District Health Services (SDHS) Project with the construction of 27 newly built health facilities currently in the pipe line to be officially commissioned.  During her tenure in the Health Ministry, Mrs. Bangura gained many International Awards from various institutions including the University of Texas.

In November 6, 2013, Madam Zainab Bangura was the proud recipient for an Award from Project 1808 Inc, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Madison African Studies, Division of International Studies, Global Health Institute at the Great Hall Memorial Union on the UN-Madison Campus.  The Human Rights Initiative Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project, School of Social Work and the WUD Distinguished Lecture Series were highly honoured to present Mrs. Bangura the recognition for being actively engaging World Leaders, rebels, militants, victims and communities in diverse regions of the world, as well as for her effectiveness in bringing attention to the issues surrounding sexual violence.

Mrs. Bangura’s presentation on November 6, 2013, focused on her work on sexual violence around the world, women’s issues and human rights.  Her talk was frank, open and questions and answers free, to the University campus and community.  With a thunderous applause after her lectures, Mrs. Bangura was also invited to give a public talk in the Lubar Room, UN Madison Law School where she was lauded and described by law students, as a woman of substance making history for a country coming out from the ashes of war.


Getting it from the grapevine, Mrs. Bangura, after almost one year of successful service in her new assignment would come home this week to holiday with her family, friends and relatives to garner more zeal for 2014.  If her visit is true she needs a hearty welcome.  She is a patriot and a true daughter of the soil.  Bravo Hawa!

By Bai Lama and Eric Sharpe

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