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Learn how YOU can CHAGE a girl’s life in Liberia, West Africa
May 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come to the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center and learn how you can help change girls’ lives in Liberia, West Africa. Presenter, student, and non-profit leader, Junita Sangare, will share her project bringing sexual reproductive health education to young women in Liberia.
67 percent of adolescent girls with no education are either pregnant or at least have their first child to care for in Liberia. Teenage pregnancy is one of the greatest barriers to young women’s peace and development. A pregnant teenager is highly likely to drop out of school, face neglect from her parents and partner leaving her alone to fend for herself and the unborn child. Exacerbated by poverty, girls never get the chance to return to school. This harsh reality is oftentimes passed unto their children further creating a cycle that is extremely difficult to recover from. Realizing that this problem is due largely to the lack of sexual reproductive awareness amongst girls, Ms. Sangare’s project intends to break the cycle.
Ms. Sangare’s project seeks to create a knowledge-based system that empowers young women with education about their sexual reproductive health whilst creating a safe space that enhances their growth and development. They intend to address issues such as sex education, teenage pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases (HIV and AIDs), menstrual education, hygiene and sanitation, cervical cancer, etc. To successfully achieve this, a curriculum on such topics will be developed and run through training workshops for 50 young women from rural townships and schools in Liberia.
Ms. Sangare won funding for this project from The Davis Project for Peace Initiative and her project will be implemented in the summer of 2022. Junita will travel to Liberia in June to oversee the success of the project.
The project’s mission is to empower women to prevent teenage pregnancy and to establish sexual reproductive health clubs in rural communities and high schools in Liberia as a tool to support young women’s growth and development.