Friday, April 15, 2022

E-Mentoring Program: Women Empowerment, Key tool for Mentees' Growth



Participants of the E-Mentoring Program being a project funded by the US Embassy provided a platform for mentees to discuss with some experts on issues centred arround Women Empowerment.

Tchonko Becky Besong, founder and leader of AFMEC says the mentoring program is split in groups for different sessions planned for 5 domains. 

According to her, even with the lapses, there is still a possibility for mentees to have catch up sessions in order to meet up with the goals of the E-Mentoring program.


"The group workshops are organized by the coordination team to enable mentees who have not been having regular sessions with their mentors to grasp some contemporary notions about the field of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment", CEO AFMEC.

A group workshop has taken place within the said framework on Women Empowerment as a key tool for the growth of mentees with focus on gender.


Mme Akwo Manka Tabuwe, A lecturer of the University of Buea and Director at Strategic Leadership for Women and Girls, was a resource person at the E-Mentoring session. She told mentees that it is important to understand that self confidence is a key tool for every person and that empowering women can lead to a reduction in violence.

"I talked about GBV and Women Empowerment; my objective was to look at the connect between empowerment and reduce the links of GBV. When women are empowered; going to school or acquiring some other informal skill, to have the capacity to earn an income, take decisions about their lives and what they need to do, will reduce domestic violence most especially".

"I was interested in looking at the ways GBV has been enhanced in our communities and also empower both boys and girls to understand the meaning of relationships and personhood, thereby reducing incidences of GBV", Manka Tabuwe.
 
She further explained that Gender Based Violence can be averted when girls are conscientized on their self worth. To drive home the point, the Guest speaker used the older generation's Slogan that: "girls should be groomed and educated to understand that their Education and / or job is their First Husband" .  

Professor Germaine Djuidje for her part, stressed the need to raise boys with the mentality that they have a duty to respect and protect their sisters and female mates. 

"Educating both boys and girls will reduce the tendency to be violent or mock girls and women. Girls and women must be empowered to be assets for themselves, their families and communities".

The group workshops are organized by the coordination team to enable mentees who have not been having regular sessions with their mentors to grasp some contemporary notions about the field of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

AFMEC in collaboration with Mandela Washington Fellow, Leap Girl Africa and the Taryong's centre for leadership and development, which is a coaching and mentoring are working handing in glove to make sure mentees acquire the skills needed at the E-Mentoring program for their individual growth.


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