Women’s Forum sets up 8 Safe Spaces for adolescent girls
Following the life skills training for reproductive health workers and peer educators in the context of the Ebola outbreak, Women’s Forum-Sierra Leone (WF-SL), on 29th and 30th December 2014 visited Bombali and Tonkolili Districts to monitor the activities of the eight (8) safe spaces setup by Women’s Forum-Sierra Leone in the two Districts (4 each) for adolescent girls. (Photo: Some of the beneficiaries)
The visit was to operationalize the centers where the girls play various games like Ludo.
The intervention is for the 300 adolescent girls in Bombali and Tonkolili Districts to be gainfully engaged in social interactions in the eight (8) safe spaces set up by the Forum with support from UNWomen and UNFPA.
The Program Manager of Women’s Forum-Sierra Leone, Mr. James Kamara, the Supervisor, Mrs. Maude Peacock, the Social Development Officer, North, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mrs. Mariatu Koroma and two members of the Forum visited the two Districts to monitor the activities of the eight safe spaces setup for adolescent girls.
The four safe spaces in Bombali are located in Timbo, Makari Gbanti Chiefdom and headed by the Reproductive Health Monitor, Martha Karen Sesay.
The 45 adolescent girls comprising girl mothers, pregnant girls, school dropouts and Ebola survivors were all gainfully accepted with interactive sections and counselling.
The other safe spaces are in Banana Ward with 35 adolescent girls headed by the Regional Coordinator, Aminata Bundu.
The safe space headed by Sento Conteh by the Stadium Bye Pass has 40 girls while that at Teko Ward, headed by Isatu Tarawallie, has 25 girls.
In the Tonkolili District, the safe spaces are in Bumbuna with 40 girls headed by Jariatu Turay and Mesoko, headed by Josephine Kargbo, has 42 girls while Memunatu Kamara in Old Town Section has 45 girls in the safe space in Kholifa Rowalla Chiefdom.
Zainab Koroma has 40 adolescent girls in the Bo Road safe space in Magburaka making a total of 340 adolescent girls in the Tonkolili and Bombali Districts through the help of UNWomen and UNFPA that have been gainfully occupied by Women’s Forum-Sierra Leone to protect them from the Ebola epidemic, reproductive health and maternal problems, including teenage pregnancy.
The safe spaces are taking care of the reproductive health problems of the 300 adolescent girls in the two Districts in the context of the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Earlier, WF-SL made similar interventions in Moyamba and Kenema Districts with plans to replicate same in Kono and Kailahun Districts with the availability of funds.
The President of the Forum, Mrs. Maude Peacock, informed this medium that the centers are 79% compliant.
Other personnel that participated in the event were the project’s Personal Assistant, Ms. Isata Samura and Mrs. Mariatu Koroma, Chief Social Development Officer, North, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
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