It’s Week 2 of our TYW4Girls Mentorship Programme, and it’s been a very exciting Saturday morning!We had more girls and mentors joining the group today, and went through fun introductions, with very interesting questions from the girls.
They also had a chance to share the results of their homework from last week which tasked them to identify an issue affecting girls and women in their community and think of what they can do to change that. One theme that kept coming up was the concern for girls who fall victim to sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation by older men. The girls linked these mainly to the underprivileged backgrounds of the affected persons, creating an opportunity for exploitation without much consequence on the perpetrators. The group shared inspiring perspectives on how they can support their friends, create safe spaces for dialogue and guidance, as well as contribute to holding these men accountable for their actions.
We also had discussions on the notions of gender, sex, gender roles, violence, and other connected themes. The girls explored these concepts, and how they fit into their lives, gaining a better understanding of the society around them.
The beautiful space we’ve created and the inspiring work happening there is made possible with the support of UNFPA The Gambia.
Think Young Women has launched the third edition of our Girls Mentorship Programme, targeting a total of 60 girls from Latrikunda Upper Basic School, St. Theresa’s Upper Basic School and Glory Baptist Upper Basic School.
Every week, for the next three months, our mentors will work with these girls in clusters, guiding them through discussions and practical training on personal development, public speaking, sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as information sessions on gender-based violence, with a focus on FGM and Child Marriage. The girls will make use of this safe space we have created to discuss often difficult topics and find solutions to the challenges they face. They will build strong relationships and start a 60 girl-strong sisterhood and network, with the assistance of their mentors and the wider TYW team.
The first day was filled with excitement! We were blown away by the expectations listed by the girls and challenged to meet these expectations, while ensuring that we nurture the safe space to deal with the fears they also shared with us. A wonderful team, and it’s only Week One.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for weekly updates from our sessions! The programme is made possible through the support of UNFPA The Gambia, to whom we owe much gratitude, on behalf of these girls!
Our Communications Supervisor, Jama Jack, made the inaugural list of 100 Most Influential Young Africans, curated by the Africa Youth Awards, a continental recognition of outstanding young leaders in various fields.
Jama is recognised for her long years of experience in youth work, and her demonstrated record of service to community. She leads the Think Young Women Communications team, and has contributed greatly to building our brand and leading innovation for results.
This one is for us all at Think Young Women and we are immensely proud of Jama and her well-deserved recognition.
Our Administrative Officer, Sainabou Nyang, is one of 45 youth leaders from across the world selected to attend the 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in Busan, South Korea.
The workshop provides “a global platform for youth to share and discuss how they can contribute to building a more equal, just, prosperous and peaceful world by leading, advocating for and monitoring the successful achievement of Target 4.7.”
Sainabou is contributing to the development of effective leadership strategies for GCED and advocacy, as well as collaborative action plans. While doing all this, she is proudly sharing her culture with fellow participants and learning from them too. What better way to advance a true global citizenship agenda?
We at Think Young Women are immensely proud of Sainabou!