In Africa, 70% of women are excluded financially. The continent has a US$42 billion financing gap between men and women. The gender gaps that exist in education, income, poverty, access to health and wealth, inheritance, and household decision-making has been reported widely in Ghana and in Africa. There is copious evidence which suggests that while these differences are found in all societies, in developing countries these gender gaps are biggest with associated greater negative impact on women.
Our solution is the Mino Tribe mentorship program;
Mino, means “our mothers”, the Mino Tribe is a mentorship program for girls ages 5 to 18yrs, designed to provide the needed guidance, education, training, resources and the opportunities that will promote sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.
The Mino Tribe, a Gender Equality project founded by Rhoda Amezado (co-founder of Fafali) but led and run by Ivy Theodore. Mino is a special program under the Fafali Organization hence major and final decisions are made by female board members and a special committee made up of all women. There are also young board members made up of girls who also contribute their input into the running of the program.
The Tribe values are as follows:
- In respect for oneself, for others, for our communities and for our environment.
- In freedom of thought, speech, religion, and economic choices within a just and democratic society.
- In the courage to embrace change, and as necessary, to take the initiative to bring about positive change.
We believe that these fundamental values are best instilled at a young age by caring families, supportive schools and a society which feels a strong sense of responsibility for educating and nurturing their young to be knowledgeable, motivated and prepared to take part in the preservation and betterment of the societies in which they will take part.
We believe that responsible, caring and capable individuals must work together to preserve fair and just laws, individual freedoms and equalities of opportunity for all within these societies. And we believe that these societies also must offer respectful and dignified aid for those within these societies that are less fortunate, to enable them to achieve a level of independence and make contributions to their society to the best of their capabilities.
Tribe members partake in various programs and activities within the organization on a daily basis but meet as a group once every three months to work towards community development projects and Tribal goals.
The various clubs or groups within the Mino Tribe go on camping for 10 days during the summer break to strengthen their teamwork and community development agendas. These camps are fun and full of activities to educate and enlighten our tribe members.
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