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Pauline Faith Gartor
Executive Director

Pauline Faith Gartor is an astute Champion of Gender Equality, Human Rights and Girls’ Health. She is one of the 300 Young Leaders of Women Deliver 2020-2022 Young Leaders Program, UN Women National Youth Gender Activist, Co-Chairperson Mano River Union Youth Human Rights Network, Ambassador of Girls Advocacy Alliance at Plan International, Youth Representative of Plan international at the 2019 ICPD 25 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Defence for Children International Youth Delegate at the 2019 Global Youths Meet Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands and President Emeritus of the National Children and Youth Advisory Board of Liberia. Pauline is a Graduating Student at the University of Liberia with Bachelors of Science in Biology. She has spent the past ten (10) years advocating for girls and women rights for action-based policy and programs; through sensitization campaigns and the empowerment of community based organizations to tackle Gender Based Violence, teen’s health, early marriage and SRHR in rural communities across Liberia.

Pauline’s work is triggered by personal experiences. In addition to the agony of losing her beloved mother to a curable disease due to a lack of skilled health attendants, Pauline’s childhood friend died from an unsafe abortion when at age 17. The two tragedies ignited Pauline’s advocacy for women’s health, girls’ sexual reproductive health rights, and gender equality. She believes what happened to her friend and mother should have been prevented if her country had better health facilities and services for girls and women, and wants to lead a revolution that prevents other girls from losing their lives unnecessarily, she then founded Girls Health Alliance.

Since founding her organization, the Girls Health Alliance, she has helped shaped action that provides girls the opportunity to have control over their own bodies, participate in decisions-making, advocate for their rights protection and justice for rape and sexual abuse victims in their local communities and schools in Liberia.  Pauline engagement campaigns as well as engaging appropriate stakeholders and media advocacy has resulted into communities taking ownership by reporting child marriage and sexual exploitation and abuse thus reducing the rate of teenage pregnancy in local communities.

Pauline aspires to become a global health expert with more focus on women health, because she believes Women and girls lack access to reproductive health services and basic health care which has become an alarming human rights problem and something that must be addressed adequately.

 

Esther M. Karr
Program Officer

Esther M. Karr is an emerging Liberian activist for gender equality and child rights. She is 23 year old and a senior student at the University of Liberia where she is pursuing BSC in Biology major and Chemistry minor. She also earned professional certificate and a Diploma in Project Management (PM).

She has volunteered in the nonprofit sector for over 5 years advocating against Sexual and Gender Base Violence against women and girls and child abuse. She started her advocacy at the National Children and Youth Advisory Board back then as a high school student after her excellent performance on her school debate team.  She was recruited and served in leadership positions as Assistants Secretary General and Secretary General.

Esther is a vocal young leader in her community where the young people see her as an example. Esther is volunteering at the African Youth Fellowship (AYF) as the Program Director, responsible for planning programs and activities that support youth participation and mentorship program to enable them serve as ambassador of change in society. Esther Joins Girls Health Alliance as Program Officer to help shift adolescent youths abilities to lead Sexual Reproductive health rights and Gender Equality issues in their communities as she aspires to become a Medical Doctors in her life journey.

 

Damaris EM Jackson
Communication & Advocacy Officer

Damaris EM Jackson is an advocate for girl-right-to-education and health. She is 23 years old and a senior student at the African Methodist Episcopal University reading Sociology and Public Administration.

Damaris ambitious advocacy has helped her gained professional experiences and deepened passion for an engendered society through voluntarism over the past few years. She began her volunteering journey and active advocacy at the Messengers of Peace-Liberia in 2017 when she emerged as an April 2017 award winner of a National Essay Writing competition sponsored by the Messengers of Peace Liberia and the Liberia Daily Observer news writing entity amidst the 2017 Presidential and Representative elections in Liberia.

Throughout these years, Damaris has been a passionate volunteer with various youth groups and local NGOs including the Youth Crime Watch-Liberia where she served as the Street Library Assistant providing mentorship for adolescent and teenagers through reading, writing and creative thinking skills. She also served as the Communication and Advocacy officer at the Liberia National Children and Youth Advisory Board. She is a member of the Books Before Boys, a NGO that provides the gate way to the prioritization of women and girls’ education with regards to goal 4 of the SDGs, where she currently serves as the Public Relations Officer.  Damaris is also much enthusiastic about quality education, gender equality and Peace, justice and human Rights, for which she prioritizes goals 4,5,16 of the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a change maker and asset to her society. She is a potential Human Rights Lawyer

 

Edmond S. Kamei
IT and Technical Officer

Edmond S. Kamei is a youth leader that believes in Justice and Youth Empowerment. He lives with the mindset of young people shaping their lives and the society around them irrespective of their gender, faith, culture, race and economic backgrounds. Edmond at age 18 has built a strong passion for youth work and girls’ liberation over the past 4 years as Administrative Assistant at YMCA Montserrado Office, Personal Administrative Assistant to the President of the African Methodist Episcope Zion University (AMEU); and the Program Office of the. Chairman, BOD YMGC. He serves as executive member of the National Children and Youth Advisory Board of Liberia. Edmond is a senior Student at the Haywood Mission Institute (HMI/PAW), he gained training in Program Planning and Implementation from YMCA-Liberia and Computer Skills Specifically in Programming, Networking and Web Designing. Edmond’s burning quest for youth work and girls emancipation led him to Girls Health Alliance where wants to influence the lives of many girls through the GHA’s articulated actions. .

 

Alice Zota
Administrative and Finance Assistant

Alice Zota is a 21 years old Liberian youth activist and proponent of gender equality. She is a student of the United Methodist University studying Accounting and sociology. She graduated from the J.J. Roberts United Methodist High school where she developed a deep passion for women economic empowerment and female leadership in the economic drive at both lower and higher levels, a key reason why she is aspiring to become an Accountant. Alice joined the GHA as Administrative and Finance Assistant to ensure proper management of its accounts and monetary systems. .

 

 

 

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