girls have recently benefitted from mentorship programme from Think Young
Women, under the theme “nurturing sisterhood and inspiring a new generation of
women leaders” at the St. Therese Upper Basic School.
Think Young Women held a graduation ceremony sponsored by UNFPA after 3 months intensive programme and awarded the girls for their participation.
The platform gave the girls in Upper Basic schools the opportunity to showcase and voice out their concerns on early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.
Speaking at the ceremony, the British Ambassador to The Gambia, Madam Sharon said the young girls are the future of The Gambia and they need to be empowered for their voices to be heard.
She stressed that it had been a challenging and memorable 3 months and tasked them to take advantage of what they have learned to inspire others in their communities.
Fatou Kinneh Kinteh said that the girls have the right to learn how to take care of their selves and their puberty as they are vulnerable.
According to her, the mentorship training given to these girls would help them to acquire skills so they could share their experiences with parents, peers and community.
She commended Think Young Women team for coming with such an initiative for teaching the girls about their reproductive life and wellbeing.
She added that UNFPA has always been in support of such advocacy on early marriage, FGM, and gender-based violence.
Haddy Jonga said Think Young Women are brave girls as they are innovative, united and concerned about the impact they make in society.
She gave the history of the setting up of the non-profit based organization that started in 2010 by two young women who are part of the 25 young influential leaders in Africa.