Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex visited Sierra Leone at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 January 2020.
The Countess undertake a programme of engagements in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, focusing on addressing sexual and gender based violence, supporting survivors, and championing women’s role in peacebuilding.
The Countess made a visit to The Sierra Leone Peace Museum, in the capital Freetown. The Museum is on the site of the Special Court of Sierra Leone and it stands as a permanent record of the country’s decade-long civil war (1991-2002).Embed from Getty Images
Sophie of Wessex is greeted by Binta Mansaray, Registrar of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone at the Sierra Leone Peace Museum.
HRH the Countess of Wessex (UK) visited the refurbished Sierra Leone Peace Museum today in Freetown. During a tour of the museum she learned about the work of the Special Court and… pic.twitter.com/CBDI8ACuaW— RSCSL – Sierra Leone (@SpecialCourt) January 22, 2020
Her Royal Highness met privately with two survivors of sexual violence during the civil war to hear their experiences and learnt how it has continued to affect their lives to this day.
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A civil war between 1991 and 1992 led to widespread cases of rape. The violence was brutal and affected an estimated 275,000 women and girls.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) January 22, 2020
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The Countess of Wessex looks at clothing worn by the The Civil Defense Forces (CDF), a paramilitary organization that fought in the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002).Embed from Getty Images
A Special Court was set up in 2002 to prosecute those who ‘bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law’. Its purpose was to address serious crimes against civilians and UN peacekeepers committed during the civil war.Embed from Getty Images
Sophie of Wessex looks at a display case containing clothing worn by the CDF, a civil militia.Embed from Getty Images
Her Royal Highness was shown the archive testimony of those involved in the civil war in Sierra Leone, both perpetrators and victims of violence, stored in boxes as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
She signs a visitor’s book at the Sierra Leone Peace Museum.Embed from Getty Images
The Countess poses for a group photograph.
For the visit, The Countess repeated her floral blouse, which she teamed with a pair of white cropped jeans. She also wore Tree of Life Earrings and her Penelope Chilvers “Colina” espadrilles.Embed from Getty Images
She carried a new version of her Sophie Habsburg “Cleo” clutch, in brown rose.
In the afternoon, The Countess called on the Vice President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and Ms Manty Tarawalli, Honourable Minister for Gender and Children’s Affairs, who leads on the Government’s response to sexual and gender based violence.Embed from Getty Images
Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and The Countess of Wessex at the State House, Freetown.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Later, The Countess took part in a tour of the chamber of Parliament, Freetown. She was joined by members of a women’s parliamentary group and staff.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
She received a gift of an embroidered sash from members of a women’s parliamentary group.Embed from Getty Images
Finally, The Countess attended a reception for United Kingdom partners in Sierra Leone at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Freetown.Embed from Getty Images
The Countess of Wessex met the mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
The Royal wore a green cocktail gown by A Ross Lady by Amanda Ross, a US-based label. She added a blue and pink sash belt which she tied on the waist and heels by Penelope Chilvers. She finished off her look with delicate drop earrings.Embed from Getty Images
- THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX ATTENDED SERVICE FOR SIR DAVID GOSLING.
- A DAY FULL OF ENGAGEMENTS FOR THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX.
- THE WESSEX’S FAMILY VISITED WILD PLACE PROYECT.
- SOPHIE OF WESSEX AND DAUGHTER LADY LOUISE WINDSOR.
- LADY LOUISE AND THE COUNTESS OF WESSEX ATTEND A HOCKEY TRAINING SESSION.