‘Sky Girls’ launches Self-confidence Initiative for Teenage Girls in Kaduna
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
An NGO, Sky Girls, has launched an initiative to help build the self-confidence of teenage girls in Kaduna to overcome peer pressure as they navigate through their growth spurts and puberty change stage.
The initiative which is targeted at girls between the ages of 13 and 19, is expected to help them curtail tobacco uptake among their age group as well as provide them with skills and financial education.
The movement also seeks to create a community that encourages moral ways of living and help them become self-discipline.
Speaking during a Press Conference in Kaduna, at the weekend to herald the take off of the initiative, Benedicta Ogbian, Account Director of SKY Girls, said the goal is to empower the girls to stay true to themselves.
According to her, “We are empowering the girls to be true to themselves and what they believe in, to make choices that are true to them, to resist peer pressure.
“We are also building their capacity to be confident and bold to be who they want to be without being timid”.
On her part, a gender advocate, Prof. Hauwa’u Evelyn Yusuf, noted that the idea behind the initiative is to catch them young to and stay through to their purpose in life and also overcome any form Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Prof. Hauwa’u, who is also the Director, Centre for Gender Studies, Kaduna State University (KASU), said “At Sky Girls, we raise girls who uphold values and morals. Every girl should have a voice that must be heard.
“We celebrate girls and instills the ability to be confident in them and help them grow. The girl child is not to be limited, she should be able to speak for herself.”
The Kaduna State Program Manager, Society for Family Health (SFH), Dr. Tanimu Salisu, assured that the program will also tackle mental health issues among adolescent girls.
“We are training the girls to take it up upon themselves by improving their self efficacy”. She added.