WORKING TITLE: Behind Every Girl Stands a Strong Woman
ALICE Y KAMARA
Alice y Kamara, a 20 year old singer and beauty pageant winner is based five miles out of Makeni, in an area populated by only 400-500 citizens, where 97 died of Ebola. Alice works directly with the community to give confidence and stability to young girls, particularly those travelling into Makeni to prostitute themselves, having been orphaned by Ebola and seeing little other option to financial relief.
Hassanatu Sheriff has just started her second year studying mass communications at University, and her first year results were outstanding.
Hassanatu says: “I have learnt that becoming a good journalist requires me to be accurate, balanced and fair in my reporting because my job is to work for the people and make sure that there voices are heard. I will use my knowledge to help others, and will act as a motivator for other girls who think they can't achieve.”
SOPHIE Y KAMARA
Sophie, Alice’s older sister lives an hour away in Rolal and runs sessions on leadership as part of an Equality Project, which airs some very counter-cultural views in a country where 73% of Sierra Leonean women think that domestic abuse is justifiable.
Currently studying a law degree, and doing a two week placement at Kent University as we speak, Gladys is based in Freetown when she is home. When asked how she aims to inspire young girls she says:
'You have this one life. How do you want to spend it? Apologizing? Regretting? Questioning? Hating yourself? Dieting? Running after people who don't see you? Be Brave. Believe in yourself. Do what make you feel good. Take risks. You have this one life. Make yourself proud.'