From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

First Lady Attends Global Women Confab
Dec 17, 2010, 17:08

First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, was one amongst three hundred influential women leaders from various walks of life around the globe who attended the first international women’s conference on December 7, 2010.

The conference was jointly organized by TED and the Paley Center for Media at the Reagan Building - International Trade Center in Washington D.C. USA.

Mrs. Koroma and First Lady of Malawi, Mrs. Callista Mutharika, were the only two African First Ladies invited to the auspicious occasion. The occasion was used as a forum wherein dynamic women from across the globe share their ideas on how their work has shaped and impacted society. Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma related some of the outcomes of her advocacy work in support of her husband’s vision as defined in the “Agenda for Change” especially in the area of maternal health, child mortality & protection, and women’s rights empowerment.

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She highlighted challenges, impacts and concrete results of her complimentary role as First Lady and how with support from development partners notably the UNFPA she has adopted a robust programmatic approach which historically has changed the function of a First Lady in Sierra Leone from being “an ornament decorating the presidential entourage to a change agent and astute advocate.”

Our First Lady seized the opportunity before the TED-Women Conference, to engage in a series of meetings with private funders and development organizations such as Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Global Healing, International Medical Corps and the US Department of State which culminated into a proposed visitation to Sierra Leone by these potential partners in the first quarter of 2011. 

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