WHY GIRLS?

THE IMPORTANCE

OF

EMPOWERING GIRLS

Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Young girls tend to be the most impacted by the frustrations, societal demands, deficiencies that a country and a people in poverty experience.  In the recent years’ outbreak of Ebola, girls have been severely impacted, both socially and educationally. The fact that girls remained out of school for 9 months contributed to an increase in teenage pregnancy rates. Additionally, the education of young people was severely impacted by the epidemic. The latest UNICEF statistics show females falling significantly behind males in literacy rates (52.1%- 70.5%). In addition, child marriage is extremely prevalent (17.7% of girls in Sierra Leone are married by 15 and 43.7% by 18), added to this are the worrying statistics for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, little knowledge of HIV-prevention or sexual health issues- all of which demonstrate a real need to target Sierra Leone's younger female population. Access to knowledge and support seems to be the biggest deprivation young girls are experiencing in Sierra Leone. The goal of our organization is to equip girls with the necessary knowledge, skills and networks they need to overcome the numerous obstacles they face in their societies. 
 
5 REASONS FOR 5 MORE YEARS OF GESL!

MENTORSHIP

Our girls say Mentorship by female mentors in our program helps them remain in school! 

LEADERSHIP

Our girls say our Leadership programs have helped them become more self confident, aware of themselves and assume leadership roles.

TECHNOLOGY

Our girls gain  Technology skills  needed to help them grow ,  this is a resource most girls in secondary schools in Sierra Leone do not have access to.

ACTIVISM

Our girls become change agents and activists and are better equipped to identify problems and develop solutions  those problems both on the community and national levels.

SISTERHOOD & FEMINIST RELATIONSHIPS

Our girls have fun in our program and build lasting sisterhood and feminist relationships with their peers who they would have never met, and spread this sisterhood  to other girls who are not in our program

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GIRLS EMPOWERMENT SIERRA LEONE

GESL nurtures and enhances the leadership skills of  young girls to become effective advocates and social change agents in their communities.  

 

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GESL is a not for profit community-based organization. The members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and any Employees as well as Partners of GESL shall avoid political affiliations and conflicts of interest which may suggest the appearance of impropriety on the part of the organization.