Glimpses of the Girls empowerment day

To honour the International Day Of The Girl Child, MyFarm partnered up with The Women’s Initiative to host a special program to inspire and empower some girls of The Gambia.
All girls are strong, all girls are capable, and all girls are beautiful, and we wanted to show that anything is possible… we want them to dare to try, dare to fail, and dare to follow their dreams. To prepare for the event, the MyFarm girls thought about what it meant to be a woman in The Gambia, and created empowering posters to decorate the farm with.
Isatou Ceesay, the queen of plastic recycling in The Gambia, and founder of the Women’s Initiative kicked off the program with her incredible story. She comes from a poor background in rural Gambia, overcoming community and parental pressures to start the Women’s Initiative. 20 years on, she has empowered and supported women across the whole country, teaching them the skills to recycle plastic, and providing them with financial support to ensure they will be financially independent for years to come.
Her story inspired all who were in attendance, the MyFarm children, the invited women and men, and the acting American ambassador Marissa Scott, whose speech would follow Isatou’s. In Isatou’s own words, “If I, coming from my background can do the things that I have done, then there is nothing that anyone here can not do”.
Marissa Scott then took to the stage, and the two queens, from very different backgrounds, shared the stage as if they had done many times before. Her speech was insightful and thought-provoking, she told her story of the challenges of being a woman in a high-powered position in the American government. Her passionate plea for women to work together taught the women in attendance the importance of cooperation, we believe they will now stand together because now they know “together they are stronger”.
Then we had the amazing Mariama Cham and her band play some melodic traditional music for everyone to enjoy. Everyone was mesmerized by the first sound that came from her mouth, her voice is truly incredible. The whole of MyFarm then stopped what they were doing and gathered for her performance and every single girl and woman danced as one! An empowering moment that will forever be remembered at the farm.

Jankie Jassey from the Fandema organization told her amazing story of her day-to-day work during her pregnancy. Even at 7 months, she was up on roofs fixing solar panels in the scorching heat. Now that’s hard work. Fandema has been empowering women to become solar engineers and provides them with schooling and support throughout the process. We’re big fans.

Fun and educational workshops closed a fantastic day with body butter making and the Women’s Initiative taught the girls their skills in making jewellery from recycled plastic and rubber tyres. It was truly a magical day! 

Our aim for this day was to inspire and connect the next generation of young girls in The Gambia… in the end, this day was so much more. We will now be working closely with more women empowerment groups and organizations to bring more days like this, and inspire even more young women to follow their dreams. 

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