The Founder and President of Girls Empowerment Movement (GEM), Awurabena Appianimaa B. Sarpong has advised young ladies to feel empowered and emboldened in their stages of life in order to achieve personal goals.
According to her an empowered lady breeds confidence which will spur her on to higher heights. However, this virtue cannot be attained without commitment to education and also taking heed to parentage advice.
Speaking at a virtual programme during a press launch of GEM Ms. Sarpong stated that the motivation behind the formation of the group was based on a personal experience.
The group which commenced as “Girls Talk Show With Awuraabena” -a mere whatsapp platform for just ladies. Initially, she explained that women were added to the platform for discussions to be led by them weekly. Most members of the group benefited one way or the other and teamed up, which culminated in the name change to Girls Empowerment Movement but the mission, vision and motto of the group was maintained.
On his part, Mrs. Vera Prempeh, a marriage counselor, an entrepreneur and a journalist at “Word FM gh Today” and Asempa FM in Denhaag, Holland who chaired the launch expressed how astonished she was to see young ladies who are just students team up and produce a brilliant idea to curb the issue of adolescent ladies going wayward.
She indicated that these adolescent ladies fail to confide in their parents due to the fact that most African parents prefer to use the autocratic and dictatorship way of grooming that wards, hence preventing their wards from getting the necessary counseling from their parents.
Mrs. Prempeh also appealed to corporate bodies to support the group so it can expand its programme to cover deprived ladies in the rural areas.
As part of the launching of GEM, the logo of the group was unveiled, the executives (Ms Awurabena Appianimaa B. Sarpong, Ms. Dorcas Arthur, Ms. Dorothy Amponsah, Ms. Harriet Adjetey, Ms. Eunice Tetteh Ocansey, Ms. Salomey Fafali Opoku Agyemang and Ms. Vanessa Yevuyibor) were also introduced to the general public.
A patron of the group, Rev. Emmanuel Owusu Kumi commended the initiative of the group and stated that he will strive to inculcate in the ladies good morals,comprehensive counselling sessions as well as organise humanitarian projects for non-members to benefit.
Ms. Wendy Laryea, another patron of the group urged the ladies to be good ambassadors and be obedient and disciplined in all their endeavours.