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posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Anita Koroma [ updated Feb 11, 2012, 5:08 PM ]

Anita Koroma a volunteer for GCN Worldwide a charity based in UK and team decided to take GCN to Sierra Leone in order to address the current trend of teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, poor standard education/career pathway, early sex and marriage, child abuse, child rights, Confidence-building and non-achieving life of the girls to create renewed impetus synergy to push Sierra Leone forward, but will also provide an opportunity for sustainable partnerships with other stakeholders in addressing the issues affecting the girl child in Sierra Leone. We are partners with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children, United Youth for Success and Development, British Council Child Protection, Street Kids -Sierra Leone, L.A.W.Y.E.R.S and Amnesty International. The efforts that have been initiated and implemented by GCN must be pursued with more vigor and determination. GCN envisions a society where girls are empowered and enjoy their rights with support from whole communities so as to walk in the fullness of their potential in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

GCN mobilizes whole communities to eradicate patriarchal structures that dominate homes, schools, and the communities so as to support and develop an enabling environment to promote and protect the rights of the girl child. GCN ensures girls at risk and most vulnerable to abuse are rescued and empowered to speak out and through provision of safe shelter and strong referral to legal and medical aid stand up to defend their rights. GCN also supports girls to be in school and ensure a violent free home, school and community environment so that girls get maximum benefits from education.

GCN’s mandate comes from the girls themselves who by joining girls’ empowerment clubs signal their desire for GCN to lead the holistic empowerment of the girl child and to act as a voice for vulnerable girl children through leadership training, confidence building, guidance and advice on education and career pathway, advocacy to legal access and child friendly laws and policies, community education on child abuse and the urgent need for eradication of harmful cultural practices that hinder the full physical, spiritual, and emotional growth of the girl child.

Achievement

We have introduced twenty seven (27) girls’ empowerment clubs in 22 schools, four communities and recruited 3200 girls in Freetown, Peninsular Rural area, Lunsar, Makeni and Port Loko. There is a high demand of the girls clubs all over Sierra Leone due to lack of funds our operation is limited. We have carried out visit to introduction the clubs in the following towns and villages in Mile 91, Bo town and Koribondo in the Southern province of the country. We have carried out a one day training workshop on How to start the clubs for 1300 girls in 13 schools, also a one day training of trainers for 50 volunteer’s teacher’s club coordinators in Child protection and Leadership. On the 19th November 2011 we had our First girls empowerment conference for western area with 200 girls at British Council. Girl Child network Sierra Leone was official launch was on the 1st December 2011

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