Chinese Embassy celebrates International Women’s Day


The Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone celebrated International Women’s Day last week at a well attended ceremony graced by first lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, and second lady, Mrs. Khadija Sam Sumana, with the host being the wife of the Chinese ambassador, Mme Mao Xuehong.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mme Mao Xuehong said women play significant roles in promoting societal progress, economic development and human civilization.

“It is fair to say that women’s emancipation has driven the liberation of human beings and progress of society. In China, equality between men and women is one of the national basic policies. Since the funding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, destiny of Chinese women has changed greatly,” she said, adding that “with the faith of self-respect, self-esteem, self-reliance and self-strengthening, Chinese women constantly improve and outdo themselves.”

She said Chinese women have made great achievements in their respective careers, contributing to economic construction and social harmony of China.

Mme Mao Xuehong said that since she arrived in the country two months ago, she has been quick to identify an excellent class of female leaders in different levels of government and civil society.

“I have also noticed that there are a lot of women’s organizations and training schools, aimed to help women to get more skills and more chance. Sierra Leonean women are just like Chinese women, they are working hard for their country,” he said.

In her statement, first lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma said the government was committed to women issues and that there the government has created the enabling environment for women’s participation in national development.

She said the introduction of the free healthcare initiative to cater for lactating mothers, pregnant women and children under five was one example of how government has improved the health and livelihood of women.

“This is clear demonstration that the government is committed to addressing issues relating to women’s employment,” he said, adding that a platform has also been created for women to be fully involved in politics, including Constitutional Review Committee where many women are represented.