In addition to the 750 girls who had been equipped with life enhancing skills by the BEMORE Empowered initiative in Ondo state, no fewer than 250 girls are currently undergoing skills acquisition training at the Public Service Training Institute, PSTI, Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore Local Government area of Ondo State.
The 2019 Summer BEMORE Bootcamp 4Girls naija, an initiative of the wife of the Ondo state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is the third edition less than three years of the current administration in the state.
This edition was an indication that the initiative has spread its tentacles across Nigeria as it includes participants from other Southern and Eastern States of the nation.
Declaring the camp opened, Mrs. Akeredolu emphasised the essence of the Summer Bootcamp to equipped the young girls with skills in order to change the narrative about women, and create a world where both genders are given balance recognition.
She noted that women and girls are endangered species in this side of the world, hence the need to design an intervention that would serve as self-defence against molestation.
Mrs. Akeredolu hinted that the only way to change the narrative about female folks is by building the capacity of girl children and broaden their intellectualism, which is the aim of BEMORE Summer Bootcamp initiative.
“The girl folk is being hunted, in every way we are hunted, and now we are here, being molested as though we are lesser beings, and that is why we are here today, and that was why we were here last year and two years ago, to build the capacity of our girls, to give them that inner strength; that self-esteem; that self-worth that gives them the strong conviction that they are in no way the lesser version of men”, she noted.
Mrs. Akeredolu who expressed displeasure with the recent incessant rape cases involving underage girls, re-assured of her determination to fight the scourge till it becomes a thing of the past in Ondo state.
She charged the newly inducted BEMORE girls to forget all the limiting ideologies the society has taught them, including the superstitious cultural norms about female folks, but to exert all their energies to the two weeks training with the vision of influencing the society positively later.
” Here you will learn all you need to be a complete woman; that techy woman. A woman with so much grace whose head is always held up high, I have faith in you all and I am sure we will work together to make our world a better place”, she said.
According to her, the girls would be trained in Taekwondo for self-defense against molestation.
Stakeholders at the opening ceremony include Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria, REAN; Solar Sister Nigeria, United Bank of Africa, Lolo Talks Inc, government officials, Local Government chairmen in Ondo State, representative of Ekiti state government, FOWOSO family, traditional rulers, among others.