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United Purpose Wraps up 10 days of Regional Training for Women in Sport

Participants at the Training.

By Buba Gagigo

United Purpose and Tekki Fii have concluded a 10-day regional training for women in sport with the theme of strengthening efforts to tackle Gender-Based Violence and promoting Social Cohesion.

The training that kicked off on April 11th in Soma lasted through April 20th and went through Basse, Janjanbureh, Wassu, and Kerewan was centered on increasing young women’s knowledge of gender rights and improving their confidence and life skills to uphold their rights, engaging young men in the fight against gender discrimination and to provide employment 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 society through sport.

“This is part of UP’s efforts to enhance sustainable development and livelihood of young people through sport. And through funding from IMVF/Tekki Fii, our goal is to engage and empower the younger generation to take up leading roles in development through our concept of Sport for Development” -stated Project Officer Muhammed Saidykhan.

“My mindset had changed in the drive to be more involved in sport and as a young and aspiring footballer I am now aware of the opportunities in sport and I thanked United Purpose and Tekki Fii for inviting us to this very important training,” said 15-year-old Mariama Jallow of Doobo in North Bank Region.

Also lamenting the importance of the training, 23-year-old Fatoumata Camara of Niani Wassu said she learned a lot from the training, and from now on she had gathered enough from Gender-based violence-related issues and the important role women play in national development.

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