SLFA President, Isha Johansen and CAF General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani
As CAF unveils its first endorsed gender initiative, POWERPLAY at the AFCON Women's tournament in Cameroon, Sierra Leone Football Association President, Isha Johansen has this evening left for Yaoundé, Cameroon for a healthy discussion with CAF President, Issa Hayatou with regards to the launching of the project in Sierra Leone and to also witness the AFCON Women’s tournament finals in the Cameroonian capital.
PowerPlay Africa - a brain child of Isha Johansen was founded in 2015 alongside Memuna Forna, an emerging market Communications Specialist; to empower women and girls in Africa through football.
The Confederation of African Football partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cameroon, African Union (AU) and the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) to jointly launch PowerPlay Africa before the commencement of the tournament with the theme: “Together against the marriages of young girls” (a campaign towards abandoning child marriages on the continent).
As part of this development, PowerPlay Africa is holding Sierra Leone’s first Girls Empowerment Festival in Freetown on the 17th December 2016.
“The objective is to provide a platform for secondary school girls to access information about empowering opportunities and choices, and absorb new skills and information about themselves and the world around them. We aim to bring together organisations, businesses and agencies with an interest in girls’ empowerment in one place, on one day, so that Sierra Leone’s secondary school girls can get information on the many ways they can intellectually, professionally and physically empower themselves in a fun and informal way,” Isha Johansen said shortly before departure.
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