Initiative Update

Voice of Women on Radio: Helping GirlsBreak Barriers

Isata Kabia
Posted October 15, 2020 from Sierra Leone
Using their voice to mentor girls
Issues discussed ranged from early marriage, girls education gender based violence as well as increasing women’s leadership to change these societal ills.

On October 11, 2020, in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, four of our university mentees hosted a radio discussion on helping girls break barriers. The composure, the knowledge, the engagement, the passion was phenomenal.

During covid-19 and being away from university for many months was quite struggle. In order to give them some engagement we conducted some lunch meetings where we discussed everything from staging social experiments on women’s leadership to radio programming. To be able to host our first radio program on such a significant day; and to witness these young women already paying it forward by mentoring younger girls, was an experience that made us really proud and even more committed to this work.

Connecting women and bridging the generational gap is already bearing fruit, and it is a sure way to create more leaders. The work is worth it!

Princess Magdalene Momoh, Jeneba Musa, Esther B.R. Forna and Marie Dumbuya all attending University of Makeni, demonstrated what it means when they say mentoring matters. The show they executed was organized only over two day and two meetings yet they sounded like they’ve been presenting for years. 

The calls and texts also demonstrated that the discussion was well received by the listening public. 

“..Rape, sexual penetration, sexual harrasment and other other forms of violences against girls is sad. Disheartening to say the least.  Irrespective of the frantic effort and the gallant strives made to stop this inhuman, ungodly, and demoralizing act, the worse keeps happening. As much as we are poised to protect all girls, we should stand to ensure their EMPOWERMENT and WELL BEING through advocacy and diverse means.” 

 Desmond Alfred Jonathan Farma

Thank you to Radio Mankene, Makeni 95.1 FM, and we hope they will gladly host us again. Check out the story on our Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGPAA_DJnK8/?igshid=1jrjg2vzoxmpk

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

400

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Jill Langhus
Oct 16
Oct 16

Hello Again Dear Isata,

These girls are too cute. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like they did a good job. Do you have a direct link? I don't use Insta.

Isata Kabia
Oct 18
Oct 18

Hello Jill, thank you so much. I don’t have a direct link but I’ll share that once we are able to post the audio of the show!

Jill Langhus
Oct 19
Oct 19

Hello Isata:-)

You're welcome, dear. Okay. Thanks!

Hope you have a great, safe week, dear. Xx

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 16
Oct 16

Hello Isata,
What a beautiful update of what your mentees were able to do.
Carrying out something well for just a two days preparation time is a testament of the hidden potential
yet to be revealed. Great job to you and your team and may this be a beginning of more empowering talks on these pressing issues listed above.

Keep on keeping on, I look forward to more such updates. 400 is an amazing number to be impacted. Well done.

Isata Kabia
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thank you so much Arrey. It was a really well presented discussion and they were so comfortable with the audience interaction when comments or calls were received. We don’t want to lose the momentum. We are looking for a way to make this a regular fixture.

Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Oh woow Isata, that is so lovely that the girls got real 'air time.' Good on you. That is empowering and also empowering to their peers who didn't get to present but listened. It is a brilliant idea. Good on you and congratulations on your growing impact!

Isata Kabia
Oct 18
Oct 18

Yes NIni! Power comes from doing or from seeing what is possible. I am sure they expanded the dreams of so many girls that day. It was truly inspiring.

Gbemisola Boyede
Oct 18
Oct 18

Amazing...keep on the great job Isata!

Isata Kabia
Oct 18
Oct 18

Thank you Gbemisola. We will keep trying!