WEG Empowers CSW
Women Empowerment Group (WEG) at Aberdeen Western Urban of Freetown, Past Saturday 9th March, 2013, commenced a campaign to remove women and girls from the streets particularly in the beach area.
This is because people are of the view that Aberdeen women are engrained in commercial sex and most of the time ply their trade in the beach and the organization aimed at empowering them to regain their dignity and improve their status.
The parade involved meeting women in their various business places like Susu village, Cookle Bay, Tamba Kula among other communities in Aberdeen.
Sylvia Laura Thomas, WEG Executive Director stated that women’s empowerment project is for self- reliance and respect recalling that the organization was established in 2010 to capacitate women and girls with motto as ‘change the lives of women and girls everywhere and everyday’.
She further stated that the organization’s inspiration is very compassionate in empowering women through education and called on women of Aberdeen and the country as a whole to join WEG to assume a national face.
Madam Sylvia Laura Thomas said WEG gets its fund through members little contributions and thanked God for being their helper whilst looking out for funding, “with God everything is possible. Women bodies are not for sale and the story should be changed as the theme of the campaign is in relation to the prostitution which is known for Aberdeen women.”
She disclosed that they have held one on one campaign, visitation and meetings also held every Sunday at 9 Beach Road the office.
She said through counseling, several women have seen reason to stop and WEG is trying to reach at all the slum areas of Aberdeen, since the indigenes are predominantly business people and about 90% of those hanging around the beach are from the provinces pointing out that WEG has reintegrated some of them with their families since most of them are not out for money but family and peer pressure.
Most of the women are presently on hair dressing as they been made self reliance whilst Wilberforce three are presently certified nurses at the 34 Military Hospital.
According to Madam Thomas, the organization is trying to build a multipurpose building to address the issues of women by empowering.
The organization is presently calling on brothel owners to make available their clients for empowerment also called on girls ‘kedis’ to work collaboratively with the Sierra Leone Police Family Support Unit.
She said one of the notorious girls in that business has seen reason to stop prostitution and therefore called on government, NGOs, stakeholders among others to join the fight since women contribute immensely to the development of any nation, “when you educate a woman you education a nation.”
Adviser to the organization, Christopher Norman admonished women to respect their husband as custom demands and be submissive and supportive as the organization is non political but to develop and empower women in collaboration with several organizations to push women forward.
By Abdul R. Bedor
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