Girls Health Alliance launched a nationwide campaign entitled “Our Health, Our Rights, Our Future” among teens and adolescent youths on September 27, 2020.
The event was characterized by the training of youth advocates at grassroots level in Montserrado County to champion sexual reproductive health rights and equality for girls campaigns in their respective communities. The participants of 30 teenage girls and boys were recruited from six (6) slum communities and structured as Girls Health Alliance’s advocacy clubs. They were trained in key areas of SRHR, advocacy and youth leadership for productive campaigns and impact driven advocacy. The launch of the campaign entitled “Our Health, Our Rights, Our Future” was held at the Calvary Baptist High School in Fiamah Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia and the following persons facilitated the training; Brenda Mingle…Menstrual Hygiene, Edith Arkuwoille,- Teenage Pregnancy and Vasco Masseh-Youth Leadership and Advocacy.
Speaking at the event, GHA executive director Miss Pauline Gartor called on participants to champion the campaign and serve as ambassadors in their communities for the health and well-being of their peers and themselves. She challenged them to take ownership of the initiative to reduce the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy, sexual exploitation and abuse, poor hygiene and inequalities facing adolescent girls in their communities. She assured the participants of GHA steady commitment to support its community based structures for sustainable impacts and real change approach to critical issues facing communities and teenagers.
For her part, Mrs. Brenda Mingle who facilitated Menstrual Hygiene provided an in-depth information on women’s health and body care and encouraged advocates to lead efforts that will promote girls health and wellbeing in their communities.
Ms. Edith Arkuwoille, also facilitated Teenage Pregnancy and discussed tactics used to scientifically prevent pregnancy and the different from of contraceptives.
Vasco Masseh provided detailed information about using advocacy and youthful leadership to influence change and provide solutions at the community levels in society.
The program ended with group exercise and goals development by individual clubs.