Day 3 of the Fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women
On day 3 of the Fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women I attended the Sierra Leone, UN Women and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response's (UNMEER) session on Sierra Leone's experience sharing on Ebola Virus Disease. The aim of the packed session was to raise awareness of Ebola in Sierra Leone and share the nations experience in handling the disease. Participants shared best practice and ideas on how to ensure that Ebola affected communities, countries and persons are not stigmatized. The highlight of the session was the moving presentation by Nurse Tucker, a survivor of Ebola and one of the selfless nurses working tirelessly to provide the best medical services possible to individuals affected by Ebola. She shared her experience on how she became infected with Ebola, her experience in personally fighting the disease and her efforts to provide healthcare to other patients following her treatment and discharge. She highlighted the stigmatization survivors of Ebola face from their communities and encouraged the international community and governments to ensure that vulnerable communities do not continue to suffer such marginalization.