Gambia: ‘Girl Power’ Organizes Seminar to Empower, Inspire Young Girls

Gambian ‘Girl Power’, a local civil society organisation in collaboration with the International Open University (IOU), on Thursday 30th December 2021, organized a seminar to inspire and empower young girls in the country.

The seminar which was held at the IOU’s hall in Kanifing, under the theme: “Authentic Empowerment Seminar”, helped to define, clarify and step into the larger purpose of the existence of women and young girls.

The seminar brought together student members of the Gambian Girl Power, teachers and mentors amongst other dignitaries, to speak to the young girls on their involvement in the transformative action of increasing their level of self-confidence as well as their positive self-concept towards academic excellence.

Since its founding in 2018, ‘Girl Power’ has been growing in membership and activities. Currently, the foundation is serving more than 200 students in elementary and junior high School in the greater Banjul area.

Despite increased access to education for girls at basic and secondary School levels, a barrage of gender obstacles continues to limit the chances of success for young girls in their education. In this respect, Dr. Haddy Njie, founder and president of ‘Girl Power’, said her foundation slogan i.e. ‘I Can’, is a direct affront to the limited and often economically under productive roles socially assigned to women in Gambian society.

“Girl Power affirms that Girls can stand up for themselves, and can achieve their dreams through hard work, and can be the best version of themselves every day,” Dr. Njie said. She implored on young girls to do things that will help them remain committed to their purpose and encourage them to celebrate their small accomplishments. She also implored on them not to be bothered on the goals that they have not achieved, while urging them to work towards their new goals or to fix their existing problems.