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M. Soko’s fundraising event

Helping Them for a Lifetime

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What's it about?

My Birthday Wish is in honor of A Better Sierra Leone, because every young women deserves to live up in a safe environment. Imagine a post-war country in transition; where violence against women is a norm.

Ramatu Bangura is a 19 years old young woman living in the Northern Province Town of Sierra Leone – Makeni, with 3 children. She was on a hot afternoon Saturday beaten by her husband and was asked to quit the home together with her children. She is currently engaged in learning tailoring/dressmaking and textiles design to enable her take care of her three children and paying rents. Ramatu, like many of her types continues to face similar problem and requires your help.

Women are perceived as objects, rather than equal human beings and by and large are the victims of violence of men they once trusted and loved. This is substantiated by the high incidences of domestic based violence. Sadly, there are no societal norms or values that disapprove of violent behavior against women. To the contrary, traditional justifications are used to explain and excuse incidences of sexual and gender-based violence. This is especially true in rural communities within Sierra Leone who believe that “a woman is nothing more than a man’s property”.

This situation is exacerbated by high levels of Illiteracy and poverty which in turn worsens the already vulnerable position of women and in other instances children in rural areas. Many surrender their rights and dignity to the rich and powerful, sometimes unconsciously. This vulnerability is further compounded by the poor state of infrastructure (water, health, schools, roads, telephones, etc).

So the time has come to advance my mission for at-risk women. That’s why I’ve donated my birthday on September 24th to this event — because we need to join together and help push this new foundation forward - Youth Partnership for Peace and Development.

Please give whatever you can; every little or big bit helps. Your little change will help change lives. But whatever you do, please give!

We’re changing communities from within and creating a common language of hope for an already hopeless situation. I’m in; are you?

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M. Soko announced this fundraising event on 17 September 2011.

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