Monrovia – Books Before Boys Inc., a local and non-governmental organization is expected to graduate and certificate 108 young girls who have completed the “Go Girls” Lead Mentorship program at the institution and where the First Lady of Liberia, Madam Claire Weah will serve as the Keynote Speaker.
Books Before Boys Inc. is an organization that promotes gender equity and strives for equal access to equal education for all. As a scale of operation, the organization empowers young women and takes actions against early child marriages including activities that promote teenage sex workers, and teenage pregnancies.
Ms. Odell Glaybo, Secretary-General, and Valedictorian of the graduating class said about three months, 108 girls from 36 high schools and universities across Montserrado signed up and began a journey in pursuit of leadership excellence, preparing themselves to take on any future task, compete with their male counterparts and break the chain of male dominance in our society.
The Go Girls, Lead Mentorship program, she revealed that is a joint partnership initiative of Books Before Boys and Libpedia, through its lance of innovation that mobilized and trained over 108 young girls in the areas of public speaking, creative writing, feminism, fundraising, public sector leadership, and private-sector leadership, respectively.
According to Glaybo, the vetting process was a various one, but originally we had over 306 young girls from across Montserrado County who applied for the program, so far it is Monrovia based.
She said, “What we normally do is that we put up a public service announcement to fill up the form online or fill out the form and bring it to the Books Before Boys Inc. office. We do the vetting process and take the ones with a strong application, the program was intended to absorb at least a hundred persons, interestingly due to the high competition during the process we decided to take 108.”
Glaybo further indicated that the program’s focus is to increase women’s power from grassroots and almost half of the Liberian population.
She observed that since women are not getting to win elections on national levels at a high level, and young girls are growing up and not finding a lot of females’ role models, so this program trains them in public speaking easy writing, creative writings, climate change how to run political campaigns and how to start their own business.
For this program, Glaybo said, the aim and objective is to create 31 female Presidents in 31 designated schools across Montserrado County.
Meanwhile, President George M. Weah will be honoured as “our He for She of the Year.”
The program is expected to be held on Friday, October 22, will be graced by stakeholders including, Urban Sjostrom, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia; Laurent Delahouss, European Union Ambassador; Jim Wright, USAID Mission Director to Liberia; Cllr. J Fonati Koffa- Deputy House Speaker and Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson Koijee. Source: Smart News Liberia
Main photo: Some of the girls to be certificated…