Georgetown, Guyana: The Ministry of Health Adolescent Health Unit held a Girl Power Symposium aimed at equipping and empowering adolescent girls with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions earlier this week, the social media update by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Guyana informed.
According to the reports, the symposium, hosted under the theme “a better tomorrow with empowered girls today”, was held in observance of International Women’s Day 2023, which was celebrated on March 8. It seeks to empower girls to use their voices and to take up spaces in the school, work or any environment they exist in.
During her brief remarks, Adolescent Health Coordinator Cilandel Glenn said that it is important for girls to be empowered to grow and become their best selves in today’s world.
“As young women, you have to empower yourself to be the best in all that you can and become the change that the environment, communities, and the world needs”, Glenn stated, according to the update shared by the Health Minister of Guyana.
The summit targeted 20 adolescent girls from Carmel Secondary School. Yesterday’s event was also attended by Jane Miller, British High Commissioner to Guyana; Setann Small, Mental Health Assistant and School Health Club Officer; Abigail Fraser, Volunteer Adolescent; Natasha Waddle, Representative of Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Africo Selman, Advisor to the Ministry of Education; Andrea King, Miss World Guyana, and other officials.
In addition to this, the ministry informed that Minister of Health Dr Frank Anthony, late this week, met with the new Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Director, Dr Jarbas Barbosa, in Washington DC.
As per the reports, together, they discussed ways of strengthening the collaboration between Guyana and PAHO in the areas of food and drug regulations, human resources, health legislation, infectious diseases control and other related fields.