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WEN concludes annual Girls empowerment programme

Jun 1, 2011, 2:52 PM | Article By: Yusuf Ceesay

Woman Empowerment Nations (WEN) recently concluded a two-week annual girl’s literacy and empowerment programme for grade seven students in Charles Jaw Lower Basic School in the Kanifing Municipality.

Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Carlisha Williams, executive director and founder of WEN, confirmed that she and her team are from the US on a two-week training for girl students in English development, leadership training and life skills among others.

This was their third annual programme in The Gambia, she revealed, noting that they provide reading books to the students to promote high school learning.

“WEN is an international non-profit making organisation that aims to improve self-esteem of women while aiding them with resources to transform their communities to reach their fullest potential worldwide, predominantly here in The Gambia,” said Ms Williams.

She added that they also work with African-American girls in the US and try to connect them with girls in The Gambia.

According to her, they also organise women conferences in the US to promote leadership, education, and service, globally, in a bid to making impacts on the lives of women through influential educational programming and inspiring social change.

Ms Williams said she first came to The Gambia in 2007 for the Miss Black USA beauty pageant, when she developed love for the country.

Prior to this programme, she noted, in the last two years they organised similar training for girl students at St. Therese’ School and Bakau Lower Basic School.

She reiterated that the association would continue to work with and link up girls in both The Gambia and the USA.