Pupils of Annie-Walsh and Ahmadiyya secondary schools are the latest to benefit from First Lady Bio’s ongoing sanitary pad campaign.
Mrs Bio is distributing the pads as part of her mission of empowering the girl child, which is also part of her ‘Hands Off Our Girls’ campaign.
The distribution at Annie-Walsh and Ahmadiyya took place on Wednesday, 9th February. Mrs Bio spoke at the events about the importance of education and advantage of delayed sex.
Welcoming the First Lady and her team, the Principal of the Annie-Walsh Senior School, Madam Ophelia Morrison, expressed appreciation with Mrs Bio for her “exceptional contribution” to girls’ related issues and specifically for the fulfilment of her Free Sanitary Pad promise, which she made in 2020.
The Head Girl of the school, while giving a vote of thanks at the event, thanked the First lady for committing herself to the fight to protect girls in the country.
Mrs Bio underscored the necessity of the free sanitary pad campaign, noting that menstruation is not a choice. Either she appealed to the pupils to report any rape case they are aware of, directly or indirectly, immediately it happens.
At the Ahmadiyya Muslim secondary school, Mrs Bio made a clarion call for a support system between the boys and girls, noting that society can only thrive when there is equality. She thanked the pupils and staff present for their participation in the Free sanitary pads fundraising initiative.
While demonstrating the quality of the pad and how it is used, the First Lady noted that the pads were safe to use and had been certified by the UN to be used anywhere in the world.
Each pack given to the beneficiaries contain 120 pieces, to last for a year. Bio urged the beneficiaries not to sell the pads.
Members of the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing and Associates, the Fatima and Maada Bio Foundation, and the Sierra Leonean legendary footballer, Kei Kamara, witnessed the distribution exercise. The artiste, Markmuday and his crew did musical performances at the events.