8 January 2013

Gambia: WEN Briefs Journalists

The Women Empowering Nation (WEN), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) dedicated to the advancement of girls and women through self-esteem development, educational and leadership outreach programmes, Wednesday explained to journalists about their aims and objectives, as well as future programmes at a press briefing held at the CAID office in Kanifing.

Speaking at the press briefing, Carlisha Williams, the executive director of WEN, revealed that their vision is to serve as a primary resource for inspiring, supporting and connecting female leaders so that they can develop their capacity to lead and serve. According to her, their organisation aims to improve the self-esteem of young women, whilst at the same time help them with the needed resources to accomplish their goals to transform their communities.

Williams disclosed that their organisation has hosted the Annual Girls Literacy and Empowerment programme since 2009, working with Bakau Lower Basic School, St. Therese's Upper Basic School and 22nd July Academy (formerly Charles Jow Memorial Academy). She revealed that the organisation worked with over 150 Gambian students through their literacy and empowerment programme.

Through these programmes, Madam Williams further revealed that the organisation has provided 1836 lunch meals for Gambian students, distributed over 1,500 books and 1,730 sets of school supplies and backpacks to participants and rural schools.

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