Simeonette Pontis, a young woman from Sierra Leone, has been making a difference in the lives of young women and girls in crisis through her non-profit organization, MirrorAfrica. The organization provides services that engage girls in sexual reproductive health and rights, advocacy on issues that promote gender equality, mentorship, skills, and leadership training.
Through her work with MirrorAfrica, Pontis has become a champion for women’s rights in Sierra Leone and beyond. She has been recognized for her efforts and was recently awarded the 50 Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award..
Pontis started MirrorAfrica after witnessing firsthand the challenges faced by young women and girls in her community. She saw how girls were often forced to drop out of school due to early pregnancy or marriage, and how they lacked access to basic healthcare and education about sexual and reproductive health.
Determined to make a difference, Pontis founded MirrorAfrica in 2015. Since then, the organization has helped hundreds of girls and young women through its various programs and services.
One of the key areas of focus for MirrorAfrica is sexual and reproductive health and rights. The organization provides education and resources to help girls make informed decisions about their bodies and their futures.
MirrorAfrica also advocates for gender equality and works to empower girls through mentorship, skills training, and leadership development programs. Through these initiatives, the organization helps girls build confidence and develop the skills they need to succeed in life.
Pontis’ work with MirrorAfrica has not gone unnoticed. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her efforts, including the 50 Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award. This prestigious award recognizes women who are making a positive impact in their communities and beyond.
Despite the challenges she has faced along the way, Pontis remains committed to her work with MirrorAfrica. She knows that there is still much work to be done to ensure that all girls have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.
Taking to her social media after the award ceremony, she said “My mama Evelyn Motopay Cole thanks for nurturing this fine ,strong ,resilient , result oriented lady.
Mirror Africa thanks for giving me the platform to serve .
Women and girls seeing this , it’s not impossible, it can be done ,we will have a Sierra Leone where empowered girls and women are in vital leadership positions .”
Through her leadership and dedication, Pontis is helping to create a brighter future for young women and girls in Sierra Leone and beyond.