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Reading: Josephine Kamara Sparks Shift in Narrative at Women Deliver Conference 2023, Emphasizing the Vital Role of Financial Support in Girls’ Empowerment
Reading: Josephine Kamara Sparks Shift in Narrative at Women Deliver Conference 2023, Emphasizing the Vital Role of Financial Support in Girls’ Empowerment

Josephine Kamara Sparks Shift in Narrative at Women Deliver Conference 2023, Emphasizing the Vital Role of Financial Support in Girls’ Empowerment

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Rwanda – Josephine Kamara, Senior Advocacy Manager at Purposeful and founder of Women of Wonders SL, arrived in Rwanda to attend the Women Deliver Conference 2023. As she mingled with fellow activists and leaders, she couldn’t help but feel a surge of frustration at a particular sentiment she kept encountering – the idea of putting money aside when it came to helping girls.

During a panel discussion on girls’ empowerment, Kamara passionately raised her voice, expressing her disdain for the notion that money alone was not enough to address the challenges faced by girls. She believed that dismissing the importance of financial resources undermined the efforts of both girls and their feminist allies who tirelessly worked in deep partnership to uplift and empower them.

“I hate when people say let’s put money aside, what else can we do to help girls? I find this disrespectful to both girls and feminist allies who work in deep partnership with girls,” Kamara exclaimed, her voice filled with conviction.

She continued, “Yes, money alone cannot solve the problem, but let’s never frame it as if anything else can work without money. We must acknowledge the significance of financial support in creating sustainable change. So why not just bring that money we desperately want to put aside back at the center of the conversation for supporting girls’ resistance?”

Kamara’s words resonated deeply with those in attendance. Many nodded in agreement, recognizing the truth in her statement. The room filled with an air of renewed determination to prioritize financial investment alongside other efforts to support girls’ empowerment.

Kamara found herself engaged in numerous conversations with like-minded individuals who shared her belief in the power of financial resources. They discussed ways to mobilize funds and ensure that they were used effectively to address the multifaceted challenges faced by girls worldwide.

Kamara’s impassioned plea sparked a shift in the narrative surrounding girls’ empowerment. It reminded everyone that while money alone may not be the sole solution, it played a vital role in providing the necessary resources to implement effective programs and initiatives.

Kamara’s message served as a reminder that dismissing the significance of money in the fight for girls’ empowerment undermined the tireless work of activists and the resilience of girls themselves. It was a call to action, urging everyone to bring financial support back to the forefront of conversations and ensure that it remained a crucial part of the solution.

The Women Deliver Conference 2023 was a turning point in the fight for girls’ empowerment. It was a reminder that while money alone may not be the answer, it was an essential tool that must be wielded alongside other efforts to create lasting change.

Josephine is a girl advocate, environmental activist and young communications professional. She was globally recognised by Together for Girls in 2015 as one of the 16 global heroes fighting to end violence against girls and is a fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Her brainchild, Women of Wonders SL, is a social and development club facilitating the rehabilitation process of girls who are orphaned by the Ebola pandemic and occurrence of natural disasters in Sierra Leone via facilitating educational support. Josephine was the national representative to the Philippines for the 2016 Miss Earth Environment Awareness pageant, representing Sierra Leone.

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. 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Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. 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