PLAN International Committed To Improve Girls Empowerment
Speaking on behalf of the Country Director, Plan International, Madam Marian Murray reaffirmed her organizations unflinching commitment to cordial and valuable partnerships with all relevant Ministries and Agencies to ensure that girls and young women are empowered and have access to decent work.
Madam Murray made that commitment yesterday, October 11th 2018 at Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown during the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child on the theme “With Her: A skilled Girl Force”.
Plan International Representative further discussed that empowering and investing in girls are key in breaking the cycle of violence and discrimination, promoting and protecting the full enjoyment of their human rights.
She pointed out that, Plan International has a five year global strategy with the ambition of reaching 100 million girls through programs, partnership and influencing initiatives that made the difference and add value, adding that Plan’s Global Strategy compels all of us especially in programme countries to be ever more actively involved in girls protection and involve new and complex girls empowerment challenges that ensure Plan programme interventions benefit most marginalized and vulnerable girls, adolescent and young women as much as possible without discrimination.
In December, 2011, Madam Murray deliberated that United Nations declared that starting from 2012, International Day of the Girl will be observed annually with the aim of empowering girls worldwide so that they can have better education, better survival rates, effective protection from child marriage and sexual assault and access to quality health services.
“ We are propagating and supporting girls leadership at the same time when more than 500 of the world’s leading minds in business, government, entrepreneurship, science, sport, arts and media are discussing how they could throw their weights behind laudable initiatives that empower girls and young women”, said Madam Murray and further maintained that together, those entities were celebrating the power of girls and called for increased action to support Girls movement, Activism and leadership in their respective countries.
According to Madam Murray, on the 20th of August this year, the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio launched the flagship programme, the Free Quality School Education which is the foundation for what we are advocating. She expressed hope, believe and pray that if all of us firmly remain committed to strategizing and investing in this laudable cause with focus on gender issues, this country will make resounding history.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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