Youth and Child Advocacy Network (YACAN) in collaboration with Girls Advocacy Alliance Project (GAA) has recently met with community leaders and stakeholders of Dwazack community to discuss strategies for the empowerment of girls and young women.
Hassan Fouad Kanu, Director of YACAN, acknowledged empowering the Dwazack community and this time they are there to implement the Girls Advocacy Alliance Project Network.
He added that they are focusing on things that will change the lives of the girls into powerful women. He thanked all the Sowei for adhering to the By-Laws and showing interest in their previous meetings. Kanu further stated that the workshop will address the issue of teenage pregnancy, early marriage and lack of support towards education and appealed to all the participants to appreciate the Girl Child Advocacy Project, wishing them fruitful discussions in their deliberations.
Community Chief, Pa Alimamy O.S. Dumbuya, expressed appreciation to YACAN for the tremendous effort made to empower girls and young women and in the fight against early marriage and teenage pregnancy in the community.
He also promised to help in his own little way to minimize teenage pregnancy and early marriage in the Dwazack community. He further admonished all present at the workshop to register for the coming elections in 2018, maintaining that they should exercise their civic and political right.
Chairlady of the Youth group, Sento Sesay, said that YACAN has contributed immensely towards her development and that of the community and gave a brief testimony of her transformation. She reiterated that this workshop will help change their lives and alleviate their sufferings. She called on YACAN to build a Vocational Training Centre to empower girls and young women who had dropped out of school.
Osman B. Sesay, on behalf of the Councillor, thanked YACAN for this initiative as the girls are going through a lot of challenges, admonishing the participants to take religion very seriously as religion will help them to focus on good things.
He went further to state that the girls and young women need to have respect for themselves as they are the future leaders and should make education and religion their priorities.
Friday April 21, 2017.