By Umar Salam.
A Fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Regional Leadership Cohort(RLC) Mrs. Henrietta Nonye Odey created Gender based violence and HIV prevention awareness for 1,008 school girls.
Through the #TeachThemProject held on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at Government Secondary School, Narayi, Kaduna State.
1 in 3 women and girls will experience a form of gender based violence (GBV) in their lifetime (UNICEF). Consequently, Project “Teach Them” aims to equip teenage girls in the State with knowledge to protect them from different forms of gender based violence and complications that could arise such as HIV and unwanted pregnancies.
Mrs. Odey, is the Team Lead of SAWH Initiative, an organization committed to creating gender-based violence and HIV prevention awareness to the public through online and offline campaigns.
The YALI Fellow disclosed that, “the girls had so many questions, some needed counselling, support, and encouragement. SAWH Initiative is committed to getting the girls the help they need to become better versions of themselves.
“Furthermore, Parents need to be proactive in the lives of their children, your work doesn’t stop because your child has been born. You have to be intentional in your parenting style, the key to bringing up a healthy, happy and confident child lies in your hands.”
SAWH Initiative and other sponsors donated over one thousand educational materials to the students.
She recognized Ibukun Ajayi, Ojo Temiloluwa Jesunifemi and Grace John Zomo as volunteers for the project.