Women Build Colleagues Capacity  …..Celebrates Int’l Day of “The Girl Child”

 

The Women NOG Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) has ensured the training of fifteen adolescent girls from across Liberia. The initiative was aimed at build the capacity of adolescent girls discover their potentials in their strive to defend the rights of women.

WONGOSOL’s Program Advisor Madam Lena T. Cummings revealed, the project funded by IBIS, OXFAM and the Netherlands  Government hopes to see young Liberian women prepare themselves  to  take over authority as aging women rights advocates gradually retire.

The training as part of this year’s Sixteen Days of Activism this year’s under the national theme, “Take the Girl Child to Work, and provided the selected females an opportunity to have firsthand reports as to the manner in which women and girls were being treated during the 2017 elections- day exercise in parts of the country.

The girls who were seen writing journals on their personal experiences during the process according to Madam Cummings, were selected from various junior and senior high schools and universities within the country.

WONGOSOL believes, Liberia as a part of the international celebration, has joined other girls around the world to celebrate such global objective geared toward eliminating the many challenges facing women, considering that women and girls are a part of the human race and that they deserve dignity and respect by all state parties around the world.

When they spoke to this paper Thursday with regards to their achievements, two beginner advocate, Christine C. Atuanya, Rachel Jallah thanked WONGOSOL and partners for the initiative .  They however revealed to this paper that they have gain a lot of new experience and even though their observations saw no sign of electoral discriminations among women.

According to The issue of violence against children, especially for girls, is very high in Liberia. Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is widespread with 13.6% of sexually active girls under 15 years reporting their first sexual experience was forced against their will.

A third of girls aged 15-19 are mothers or pregnant, and girls in south-eastern Liberia are four times more likely to be married early than girls living in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, a UN Women Report, there are 1.1 billion girls in the world who deserve equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.