Thousands came together in Freetown today, December 28th, 2023, marking the fifth anniversary of the “Hands Off Our Girls” movement with a compelling show of unity. The lively procession, spanning from the National Stadium to Aberdeen beach, highlighted a shared dedication to the cause.
Under the theme “Our Girls Our Pride, Our Boys Our Allies, We are Winning, No Excuse for Abuse,” participants fervently emphasized the lasting impact of the movement. Streets resonated with calls for change, interwoven with moving survivor stories, emphasizing the importance of breaking the silence surrounding gender-based violence.
Leading the charge was H.E Dr. Fatima Bio, the First Lady, whose impassioned address underscored an unwavering commitment to eliminating abuse. Her presence not only signified political support but also a personal dedication to cultivating a violence-free society. Dr. Bio’s commitment struck a chord with the diverse crowd, instilling a sense of hope and determination.
The march concluded at Aberdeen beach, transitioning into a celebration with music, performances, and testimonials. The atmosphere exuded positivity and resilience as participants reflected on the progress achieved over the past five years. The “Hands Off Our Girls” movement has transformed from a call to action into a formidable catalyst for change, dismantling barriers and challenging societal norms.
As the sun set on this noteworthy day, Freetown witnessed a unified stand against gender-based violence. The event served as proof of the triumph of solidarity and the ongoing endeavors to shape a future where everyone, regardless of gender, can live without the burden of abuse. The fifth-anniversary celebration of “Hands Off Our Girls” not only commemorates the movement’s history but also signifies a commitment to a fairer and more equitable society.