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Sierra Leone News: “If you go into the bondo society they will honour you”-G2G Report

Madam Naana Pratt launching the reportLaunching the dream project and peer report on Tuesday, an initiate asserted that” if you go through the bondo society, they will honour you”.
Girl 2 Girl (G2G) Empowerment Movement in collaboration with Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), United Kingdom, officially launched a dream project and peer research report  that seeks to support girls at risk in slum communities at the G2G office premises in Freetown.
Madam Naana Pratt, Director of the G2G Movement explained the key concept, vision and mission of the movement and its partnership with FORWARD UK.
According to her, the G2G Movement is a Sierra Leonean based young -women’s organisation that seeks to equip girls with leadership skills to become advocates and change makers in their communities with support from FORWARD-UK.
Addressing participants, Madam Pratt also said that the aim of the movement is to improve the sexual reproductive health and rights of girls and young women and safeguard them from early pregnancy, gender based violence, sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation and help them make informed decisions about life choices.
Giving an overview of the report, Adwoa Kwateng-Kluvitse, programme Director of FORWARD UK told participants that FORWARD UK is a leading Africa Diaspora women’s campaign and support charity based in the UK.
She furthered on the three main issues that FORWARD works on “female genital mutilation, child marriage and obstetric fistula are the three key areas we cover,” she added.
Madam Kwateng- Kluvitse commended the G2G movement for their relentless effort in helping to safeguard the sexual and reproductive health rights and dignity of Africa women and enabling them to play a key role in changing policies that affect their wellbeing.
She maintained that her organisation has been working with other organisations and government policy makers to help deliver services needed by girls and women.
Hawa Samai of AMNET, Florence Sesay of the Office of the First Lady also highlighted their organisations’ commitment and partnership with G2G Movement in raise awareness and advocacy for the promotion of girls and women’s empowerment, adding that they believed with their works, they will help girls to revamps their dreams.
Aminata Koroma, Country Director of the G2G Movement, submitted that G2G was founded in 2013 following Participatory Ethnographic Evaluation Research on fistula that aims to improve women’s knowledge of the access to reproductive rights and end the stigma associated with obstetric fistula.
“Our core values are to serve, protect girls and women and to ensure active participation of girls and women in all areas and to ensure a holistic approach to the development of women,” she added.
By Sylvia Villa
Wednesday March 16, 2016

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