The Paramount Young Women Initiative or PAYOWI, for short has commemorated its Ninth (9th) Anniversary in Monrovia under the theme, “Identity, Strengths and Mission”, celebrating the individual members’ advancement and contributions towards national development.
The celebration, held here Wednesday, 5 March brought together thousands of members, affiliates and well-wishers. Five young women, who the organization believes have made significant strive in contributing to the development of the state were allowed to share the successes and strategies to a successful journey.
Mrs. Rosetta Biakpeh, Ms. Amanda Doteh, Ms. Princess Suku and Tiagbe Pain Doe share their experiences at PAYOWI, including career achievements. Ms. Magdalene Matthews – Author, RISE! Redeeming the Future of Liberia, a Practical Guide to Self-Development, served as guest speaker.
“Our programs have focused on developing the leadership abilities of our young women as well as providing mentorship. We also provide trainings and workshops in order to enhance their capacity as well as improve the chances for empowerment. Most of our young women are of school going age; therefore, a strong component of our initiative is the scholarship program which helps keep girls and young women in school”, she stressed.
As part of the 9th Anniversary celebration, PAYOWI launched its 2014/2015 scholarship fund drive to raise $5,000.00. The said amount will ensure that 20 females are in school during that academic year, targeting 10 girls in high school and 10 college women.
Launching the fund drive, the chief sponsor of the initiative Mrs. Carol Cholopleh called on the public and wishers to support the organization for the future of girls’ education and empowerment, adding that without adequate financial support, it would be difficult to educate girls and young women. PAYOWI formal Executive Director, Mrs Bendu Parker Weeks and Mrs. Carol Cholopleh will lead several fundraising activities to raise the targeted amount.
The organization, which was established in 2005, is geared at improving opportunities for young women in the country through education development, and empowerment. PAYOWI also engages in quarterly book club meetings and hosts speakers’ events.