Apr 8, 2013, 11:27 AM
The Girls’ Agenda Friday celebrated International Women’s Day at St. Peter’s School in Lamin village.
The celebration brought together many school girls to reflect on their role and what is affecting them in the society, in order for them to fight to bring to an end to it.
Speaking at the ceremony, Ma Tida Daffeh, coordinator The Girls’ Agenda, said it is a youth-led organization champion by young women.
“We think that young girls are confronted with a whole lot of challenges in our households and communities, which required immediate attention,” she said.
She said every March 8 women all over the world come together to celebrate their achievements, and share their challenges to overcome the barriers affecting them, and preventing them from achieving their full potential.
The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1976, just after the first international conference held for women in Mexico City, she stated.
After that conference, she added, the world became more conscious of the plight of women in the world and women’s issues became a global platform in the 1960s, 1970s 1980s and up to date.
According to her, there were times when if you talk about rights of women, you would be considered as someone who is out of his or her senses.
However, after the first international women’s conference, women were able to bring up their issues, she added.
Now women speak with one voice, could stand up for their voice and show to all the issues confronting them, and make the world understand these challenges, she went on.
The United Nations in 1976 decided to have a special day, the day they are all celebrating now, she continued.
Oumie Sisoho, manager of the Girls’ Agenda, spoke on teenage pregnancy, and said some girls married off before the age of 18, which is something affecting our society, described as early marriage or forced marriage.