By Samsideen Ceesay
The Young People in the Media (YPM), a youth-led organisation in partnership with The Girls Generation (TGG) have recently convened a conference dubbed All Girls Conference at the Paradise Suites Hotel.
The conference themed “Ending All Forms of GBV and Empowering Girls to Take the Lead in Nation Building” brought together stakeholders from over the country to discuss on the progress made regarding the law on gender based violence, related to women and girls.
Speaking at the conference, the Vice Chairperson Board of Directors Young People in the Media (YPM), Fatim Badjie said the objective of the conference is to bring together duty bearers and young girls to exchange ideas on the forward as regards issues affecting the girl child.
“This day-long meeting is meant to have an open dialogue with stakeholders and the girls themselves on the progress made regarding the law on gender based violence,” she said.
She said the meeting discusses issues in relation to girls and women as well as the progress made on the banning of FGM, the changes it has brought in the mind–set of young girls, community leaders, parents, survivors and stakeholders.
“I would love to urge the young girls to be assertive and follow their career pattern to excel and succeed in life. As we are living in an ever changing world that comes with greater challenges, day in and day out,” she stressed.
She said young girls need to acquire good life skills that will help them in the future. “Given the fact that young girls are mostly exposed to certain uncomfortable situations, there is a need for them to redouble their efforts in ensuring that they excel in life.”
“Finally I would like to commend the YPM team for a commendable and well organised conference and as well reassure the young girls of my organisation’s unflinching support towards the development of young people in this country,” she stressed.
By Samsideen Ceesay