By Foday Moriba Conteh
Chief Justice, His Lordship Desmond Babatunde Edwards was on Friday 23rd October, 2020 crowned as He for She Ambassador for his unshakable fight to end rape and other related offences hindering the growth and development of children and youth.
Hon. Ambassador Justice Edwards was also given the National Girls Mentorship Award in recognition of his relentless and outstanding service to women and girls empowerment in the country.
The Finance Director of the Youth and Children’s Advocacy Panel, Yatta Jusu Jaka Ngobeh, said they were grateful for the commitment demonstrated by the Hon. Amb. Justice Edwards through the establishment of the Sexual Offences Model Court.
“In our considered opinion, those strides cannot go unnoticed without awarding you,” she said, adding that “we should have given you this award during the celebration of the International Day of the Girls Child, 11th October, 2020 but it is still not late to award you in your office.”
On her part, Fatmata Jaria Bah, National Secretary General of Youth and Children’s Advocacy Panel, said their organization is not for profit making and is operating in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Ghana and Gambia. She explained that the organization advocates for the rights, protection and development of young people and for promoting the basic human rights of women and girls in Africa.
According to her, they also represent children in both national and international policy forum that has to do with their welfare and development. She said in three years, they have empowered over 3000 young people across the country.
Receiving the award, Amb. Justice Edwards said he was elated but short of words because the award came as a surprise. He said he believes action speaks louder than words and therefore commended the organization for recognizing his good work.
He thanked His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for his commitment and support to bring tangible reforms within the Judiciary through the advancement of the rule of law, promoting justice and guaranteeing human rights.
The Chief Justice assured that he will continue to give a new face and build public trust and confidence in the Judiciary.