Rhealyz Global Empowerment Initiative, popularly known as Rhealyz Africa, has held a two-day training for school girls as part of its effort to ensure that the voices of girls are amplified and they are empowered to become End GBV advocates by creating safer schools within their schools and communities.
The two-day training which was organized under the Rhealyz Africa Girls’ Capacity Attainment Program, ‘Girls’ CAP’ was supported by Mundo Cooperante.
While giving her welcome remark at the two-day training, Damilola Oluwadahun, the Executive Director of Rhealyz Africa explained that the Girls’ CAP Project is meant to empower and equip secondary school girls to become leaders and Girls’ Advocates in their schools and communities.
Oluwadahun noted that the two-day program has been designed to equip school girls with the relevant skills to enable them advocates against GBV.
She added that “from learning essential life skills through SRHR to exploring issues around gender-based violence (GBV), this program aimed to shatter societal norms and provide these young women with the tools they need to break barriers and reach their fullest potential.”
She thereafter appreciated Mundo Cooperante, the schools, teachers, students, facilitators, and volunteers for the successful program, stressing that, “it is such a fulfilling experience to be a part of the story of these young ones, ensuring that their voices are not silent.”
Speakers at the two-day program include Dr. Ireti Adesida and Oluwakemi Olobese who engaged the students on different topics including Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).
Others were Oluwaferanmi Omolade, one of the alumni of the Rhealyz Africa Girls’ Capacity Attainment Program Club, who spoke on ‘Female Genital Mutilation’ (FGM); Barrister Olajumoke Ogunjebi, the FIDA Ondo State Chairperson, who spoke on ‘Law and the rights of the girl child’, and Chief Mrs. Olamide Falana, Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Gender, who spoke on ‘Speaking Out and Finding Help’.
A major highlight of the two-day program was the scholarship award for 26 indigent school girls. The scholarships include the payment of their school fees, a school bag, notebooks, and textbooks.
The two-day capacity attainment program was held at Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar Schools in Akure, Ondo State with over sixty girls across different secondary schools within Ondo State.