WOMEC empowers adolescent girls
Dr Charity Binka, Executive Director, WOMEC
Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which have empowered several women over the years, has rolled out a project to mentor young adolescents, mostly girls, to take up leadership roles within their respective communities.
Dubbed the Gender Transformative Programming (GTP), a turning point project mentorship and leadership forum on the theme, “Equipping adolescent girls for leadership,” was organised by WOMEC.
It aimed at empowering adolescents to muster courage and speak for their rights irrespective of the issues confronting them.
Students from various schools within the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region participated in the mentorship event at Sebrepor for the fourth phase of the WOMEC adolescent empowering programme which was held recently.
Ms. Dulcie DelaliAttipoe, Programmes Coordinator of WOMEC said that it was time adolescent girls were empowered to gain self-confidence to report wrongdoing in the communities.
She observed that adolescent girls needed to be mentored at an early age to be responsible leaders in their various fields of endeavours.
According to Ms. Attipoe, policymakers must formulate policy and programmes aimed at protecting the lives of adolescent girls in the country and called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) to pay critical attention to the needs of adolescents.
MsThelcaWricketts, a lawyer and facilitator at the event, also urged the government to, through its appropriate agencies, implement the various legal framework as far as child rights were concerned.
She noted that many children were facing various forms of abuse in some parts of the country, adding that a lot of advocacy work needed to be done to protect adolescents who were future leaders of the country.
Ms. Wricketts commended WOMEC for organising such a programme for adolescent girls, saying that such events should be replicated in other parts of the country.
Dr. Charity Binka, Executive Director of WOMEC highlighted the need for adolescent girls to aspire higher and take their education serious to become good citizens in society.
She said that WOMEC would continue to offer support for young girls to enable them to harness their talents.
Dr.Binka admonished young girls to always pursue their dreams and desist from immoralacts that would bea hindrance to their dreams.
By Alfred Nii Arday Ankrah