Goodness Green is a 19-year-old Final year student of the Rivers State University, who currently is a mentee of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund (NWTF) under the Women in Governance (WiG) Project in partnership with Stakeholders Democracy Network and with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). She shares her story about her post-mentorship aspirations and creating Girl Activists in Bonny Local Government Area through her initiative which aims at standing up for girls’ Sexual, Reproductive Health Rights.
At the heart of Goodness’ story is the realization that knowledge, experience gathering and training are tools that can empower and turn one’s life completely around. Inspired by her NWTF appointed mentor- Mrs. Chioma Amadi Oparaeli, she embarked on a transformative life journey with an application to the Dean of Student Affairs of her institution for the position of Deputy Chief Justice of Student Union – a position she currently occupies based on excellence and exceptionality. Again, Goodness is launching a project that seeks to cater for the physiological needs of young women in the rural area of Bonny, specifically targeting pregnant teenagers whose sexual rights may have been abused, and as a result deprived of their educational rights. She hopes that the project will reduce the stigmatization of teenage mothers and help in encouraging the creation of young women’s activists and leadership in the Bonny Area of Rivers State.
In a related development, Amara Oduh, another mentee under the WiG Project is currently a catalyst in her community, energizing activities that ensure the progress of youth development towards self-reliance and empowerment. Amara believes development happens when girls, youth and women are engaged and empowered to take ownership of their own change. A young woman of action, she has become a key driver of awareness-generating activities and an advocate for the challenges faced by women and young women in her community where she resides. Amara envisages an expanded project that empowers young women with tools to build their own cooperatives and advance their political rights.
Goodness and Amara are some of the mentees who are noted to have set a path that empowers them and helps to inspire other young women, whose lives may not have been heading into such happy endings. Their courage as young women in demanding resources to realize young women’s rights is celebrated to have joined in raising voices in the struggle for gender equality!