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A short drama during the launch of the programme


Youth Commission Poise to Develop Young Women

In a grand launch of the “Young Women Empowerment and Advancement Programme (YWEAP) by the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma, the National Youth Commission and the Ministry of Youth Affairs have kicked start the transformation of young women in Sierra Leone. The event was held at the Miatta Conference Hall, Brookfields Freetown on 12th May, 2016.
The thrust of the programme according to Deputy Commissioner of the National Youth Commission Aminata Sillah is to empower young women/girls in Sierra Leone to enable them to advocate for women’s rights, influence attitudinal change and transform negative mind-sets of communities in order to promote the evolution of violence-free environments and just communities for women/girls in Sierra Leone amongst others. Madam Sillah said the programme has three components which are; Networking and Mentoring of Girls in Secondary School through Career Advisory and Placement Services Clubs, Young Women in Conflict with the Law and Women in the Informal Sector.
Minister of Youth Affairs, Bai Mamoud Bangura said “if women can discover their potentials, they can do well.” He went on to say the young women initiative by the Commission and Ministry will not stop until the issues of young women are address. He however emphasized that young women should take education seriously and have self-confidence in pursuing their goals.
The President of (L.A.W.Y.E.R.S) Rhoda Sufian Kargbo assured the Commission of their support for women in conflict with the law. She called on stakeholders and especially the National Youth Commission under its YWEAP to ensure women in detention have access to sexual reproductive health and recreational facilities. She also noted that women should be educated not to become in conflict with the law. She expressed the need for a forensic lab in the country for sexual and gender based violence cases. Madam Kargbo also recommended financial support to women in detention facilities.
UNFPA’s Fiona Kaikai Programme Specialty for Adolescent Health said to empower young women they must have access to quality education. She said this increases earnings and economic power. She highlighted teenage pregnancy, early child marriage among threats to young girls to enhance their development. She advised that the YWEAP design programmes for young women considering their geographic location, age, educational background, marital status etc. She noted that these could be possible challenges for the implementation of the programme if not taken into consideration.
The representative from UN Women said, the YWEAP perfectly aligns with the UN Women’s Youth and Gender Equality Strategy which aims at strengthening women’s leadership and promote economic empowerment and skills development. She said the recent Sustainable Development Goal which UN Members states adopted in September included a stand-alone goal dedicated to achieving full gender equality and women’s empowerment. She maintained that this required working together to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030.
Delivering the keynote address, the First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma said the situation of women is threatened by their engendered roles. She also encouraged young women to cease what she called “the golden opportunity” to empower themselves to achieve their goals and aspirations.





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