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.
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