The Girls for Change Organization, in collaboration with other local organizations, hosted day of fun, games, and mentorship day for over 100 girls below age 20. It was a wonderful day, as you can see from the photographs! The girls had the opportunity to share fun and ideas and to meet other girls from all around Monrovia.
The Girls for Change Organization is a non-for-profit, non government organization that empowers teen mothers by creating a platform for free education. Women’s Creative Leadership Network Member Ora Barclay-Keller is the executive director.
In celebration of International Women’s Month, member Sharon Rattan organized a vision board party for her Winning with Women group. The objectives were to focus women on goal setting in a fun way and to strengthen bonds and network. The name of the event was Sister Grow Magic Vision Board Party. The women created 4 vision boards on the following themes:
- Women’s Health
- Women’s Rights
- Women in Leadership
- Women’s Economic Empowerment
It was an evening of sharing, creating, and supporting. There was a surge of renewed commitment that women need to show up.
Member Vivian Akudo Nwogu, a registered nurse and native of Ihitte Ezinihitte Mbaise IMO state Nigeria, founded Pro-women Safe Sanitary Foundation to make sanitary pads available and affordable to young underprivileged girls in Nigeria. They recently had their second event in Commemoration of International Women’s Day. They covered three states by sending teams to the IMO state, Rivers state and Benue state. They are hoping to get more support from people, organizations, and the Government so that they can make more impact in the society at large.
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Member Aradhana Dixit was recently recognized for her contributions to education and social work. Just last year, Aradhana was recognized for a presentation at the Global Summit of the Nutritional Scientific Federation in Malaysia.
Congratulations, Aradhana! We are very proud of your many accomplishments.
News from Loretta Ahuokpeme
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
“I am so excited because I am part of this life changing event.” – Loretta Ahuokpeme
The Women Peace & Security Network is a coalition of NGOs that are working on peace building, reduction in violence against women and girls, as well as working with policy makers for the domestication of the National Action Plan (State Action Plan) adopted from UNSCR 1325. So far, the State Action Plan has been launched in Rivers State in collaboration with the Ministry of Women Affairs and Deputy Governor of Rivers State Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo. In line with the above, the implementation is being strategized.
Based on the above, 8th March is International Women’s Day and Women Peace & Security Network was invited by the Ministry of Women Affairs to be part of the technical committee to plan the event. One of the resolutions reached at the strategic meeting and as part of the implementation of the SAP, was an intensive need assessment be carried out to ensure that no woman is left behind on this year’s commemoration. WPSN was charged with some of our members and some staff of the ministry to come up with a questionnaire that will capture the essence of the event. The questionnaire is ready and the enumeration exercise has started in earnest.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs Mrs. Ukel Oyagiri, who constituted this committee, is committed to this programme and wants to make sure that whatever activities lined up for the IWD after the validation of the need assessment will run for one year and thereafter be built upon in subsequent years. It has been a tasking activity but rewarding because our government is taking action on issues concerning women and working in line the Sustainable Development Goals 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,13, & 16.
All members of our Network are committed and working seriously to make sure that the enumeration process will align with this year’s theme — Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives and the campaign #PressForProgress pays off for women in the Niger Delta Region and indeed the whole country. More updates as the program progresses.