The Girls Education & Empowerment Initiative has ended a one-day Leadership Forum for Young women in Monrovia.
Speaking at the opening of the event, Gwendolyn Dabah Wilson, Executive Director of GEEI stated that although some progress has been made in uplifting women’s lives in Liberia, a lot still needs to be done to overcome cultural, economic and health burdens allowed by most young and elderly women in the country.
The GEEI boss furthered that as young women they cannot sit and discuss any national social issues without given consideration to HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Girls Education, Female Genital Mutilation, and all forms of violence against women and girls.
There is no time more critical than now. Because if we cannot address it now then when? If it is not us, then who? Ms. Wilson stressed. As young women, we have a critical role to play in addressing these issues because we are the direct victims and our voices must be heard and listen to the women rights activist stressed.
For her part, Mrs. Cornelia Kruah-Togba Representative Candidate, District #13 Montserrado County who serve as Keynote Speaker encourage the participants that to be afraid to fall or make mistakes.
Mrs. Kruah-Togba stressed that young women should never shy away from competing, all because they are afraid to fail. Failing and making mistake is all part of life and you can only succeed if you try the district 13 representative stated. She motivated and inspired the participants with her personal life story on how she fell, made mistakes but overcame the many challenges.
Also speaking, the former President of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, Cllr. Zeor Daylue Bernard cautions the participants to seek redress of violence through the law and also be sensitive about how they make smart choices in term of selecting partners.
Other speakers included the executive director of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa who stressed the need for girls to take their education seriously. She highlighted the many initiatives her organization is involved with to support girls acquired quality education.
Representing the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs. Rebecca Baba, Assistant Director for General Services. She welcomes the guests to the ministry and encourage them to fully participate in the event and extended a special message from the minister of Gender.
Presenting on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Zubah Mulbah National Partnership Coordinator of the National AIDS Commission sensitize the participants on the HIV prevention among others. While Madam Oneta Roberts present on mental health challenges to young women in Liberia.
The program brought together over forty participants including officials of government, prominent women, non-governmental organizations, and high school and university students and was held in the conference room of the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection in MONROVIA.
Girls Education & Empowerment Initiative (GEEI) a registered feminist non-partisan and not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing educational opportunities for children and young women from deprived communities and empowering them to step up as leaders of change in Liberia. Established in 2017, GEEI work on programs relevant to Adolescent Sexual, Reproductive Health & Rights, Child Abandonment, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence, Girls Education, HIV/AIDS and self-help activities for young and single mothers in Liberia.