Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – As a way of celebrating this year’s International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC), Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL), made a resounding impact in Sierra Leone, engaging pupils in both the North and South regions on the importance of this significant day.
Annually, on 11th October, the global community unite to observe the IDGC, with a primary focus on girls’ education, their rights, and the promotion of gender equality.
WIMSAL North, in the spirit of this crucial day, dedicated their efforts to enlighten young minds about the significance of empowering girls. Also, WIMSAL South graciously joined the world in celebrating the IDGC in various schools around Bo. Their theme for the year was ‘Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being.”
During these visits, the Coordinator of WIMSAL South, Madam Josephine Mamawa Kailie, addressed pupils at Every Nation Academy Messima and other schools in Bo. She emphasized that this day serves as a vital platform to advocate for girls’ empowerment, amplifying their voices and celebrating the resilience of young girls both locally and globally. “The aim is to inspire them to believe in the power of education for a brighter tomorrow,” she said.
Kailie encouraged the pupils, stressing the importance of awareness about their rights, responsibilities, and the transformative role they can play in shaping a fairer future. She highlighted the necessity to amplify girls’ voices and reaffirmed the commitment to working together towards a world where every girl can lead and thrive.
Despite the commitment, WIMSAL South noted that a significant number of girls in the schools they visited were not aware of the IDGC. This highlights the need for increased awareness among stakeholders and partners to ensure that the message of empowerment and equality reaches every corner of society.
The celebration was not just about speeches and presentations; it included an interactive question and answer session related to the significance of the day. Pupils had the opportunity to showcase their knowledge and understanding, and prizes were awarded to those who answered excellently, adding an element of fun and engagement to the event.
In a world striving for gender equality and female empowerment, the efforts of WIMSAL North and WIMSAL South in Sierra Leone is a proof to the importance of nurturing and supporting the leaders of tomorrow. The IDGC is a reminder that by investing in girls’ rights, we invest in a better, more equitable future for all. PSN/14/10/2023