Voice of Women Radio: Helping Girls Break Barriers

Isata Kabia
Posted October 14, 2020 from Sierra Leone
Young Leaders ready for the conversation
The poster itself was designed by these young leaders, and the show did not disappoint. The conversation was easy and the people said yes! To supporting us protect and promote women and girls in all spheres!
At home in the studio
At home in the studio: The calls and texts received during this hour really reflected the connection people felt with our extraordinary hosts, and the knowledge and professionalism they displayed. Nobody wanted it to end. (1/3)

Voice of Women Africa, works to increase the number of women seeking elected office through encouragement and training. We also run a mentoring program with secondary and university students.

In Sierra Leone our local chapter (www.voiceofwomen-sl.org) has worked diligently this year with our young mentees, in light of protracted school and university closings, to keep them engaged and encouraged.  In celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, our local theme was Helping Girls break Barriers. On October 11, 2020, 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 several working lunches where we discussed everything from the possibility of staging social experiments on women’s leadership to hosting radio discussions on topical issues. For us 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.

Our focus on connecting women and bridging the generational gap is already bearing fruit, and it is a sure way to create more 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 over two day and two meetings yet they sounded like they’ve been presenting for years. Thank you to Radio Mankeneh, Makeni 95.1 FM, and we hope they will gladly host us again.

They revived the passion in some and awakened it in others who made or renewed their commitment to work in service of girls and vowed to support women. A job well done!  Check out the story on our Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CGPAA_DJnK8/?igshid=1o0l902o0w3i

 

 

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Digital Ambassadors.

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Jill Langhus
Oct 16
Oct 16

Hello Dear Isata,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your update and links. Your mentoring program sounds great, and much needed, too. Please keep up the great work.

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Nini Mappo
Oct 17
Oct 17

Hello Isata,
Your ongoing work in empowering girls and giving them a voice, helping them believe in the power of their voice is commendable. Thank you for sharing this update.