By Yunus S Saliu
The United Purpose and Tekki Fii had concluded a 10 days regional training for women in sport with the theme: strengthening efforts to tackle Gender Based Violence and Promoting Social Cohesion.
The training that kicked-off on April 11th in Soma through April 20th was conducted across Basse, Janjanbureh, Wassu and Kerewan. It was centered on increasing young women knowledge on gender rights and improve their confidence and life-skills to uphold their rights, engaging young men in the fight against gender discrimination and to provide employability opportunities for young women through sport.
The training targeted 250 highly motivated, skilled and socially responsible young people who are enthusiastic about driving forward positive change in their communities and in society through sport.
According to the Project Officer, Mr Muhammed Saidykhan, the training is part of UP’s efforts to enhance sustainable development and livelihood of young people through sport.
Their goal, he said, through funding from IMVF/Tekki Fii the goal is to engage and empower the younger generation to take up leading roles in development through their concept of Sport for Development.
Commenting on the trainee, 15-year-old Mariama Jallow of Doobo village in North Bank Region, one of the trainees, affirmed that her mindset had changed in the drive to be more involved in sport. Adding, “as a young and aspiring footballer I am now aware of the opportunities in sport and I personally thanked United Purpose and Tekki Fii for inviting us to this very important training.”
Fatoumata Camara is 23 and from Niani Wassu, she said she had learned a lot from the training and as well gathered enough from gender based violence related issues and the important role women plays in national development.