Curtworth Masango, H-Metro Reporter
GIRLS have been urged to speak out against abuse and empower themselves in the eradication of poverty.
Bertha Kwezeya founder and president of the Youngstars Girls empowerment club said the girl child had to hold her integrity through self-love and value.
“We educate them through different ways and we encourage them to uphold our societal values.
“I encourage other girls and women to speak out especially those suffering gender based violence during this pandemic.
“Everyone can be the change we want by speaking out and refusing to be a victim” she said.
“During these pandemic times we managed to raise some groceries to feed the needy in our community and empowering families; it’s unfortunate we cannot reach all scheduled places.
“We have been to the needy in orphanages, old people and the disabled. Our outreach has been inclusive of everyone as we don’t discriminate meaning we have engaged boys too on different programs.
“Lockdown has also seen a rise in early pregnancies. We are conducting lessons on the proper use of contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
“Many girls have been pushed to early marriages due to poverty faced by their families and has complicated life for many,” she added.
The 20-year-old also produces detergents which bankroll her humanitarian projects.