When girls are empowered to lead and have the resources they need to drive change, the possibilities are endless; and there’s nothing more rewarding than not only teaching someone how to fish, but also going the extra mile to offer them a fishing rod. This is exactly why Positive Young Women’s Voices went out of its way to partner with Fresh Cuts Foundation, The Roots Dreadlocks Center and The Muthengi Foundation to not only offer free barber training to young women in Dandora but also to donate the necessary equipment after the training.
The training that commenced on the 24th of September at Dandora Hip Hop City attracted a relatively large crowd of young women eager to acquire new skills. The excitement was palpable. The avidity to master this skill, conventionally considered as a men only territory, was apparent, evidenced by the ladies commitment to attending the weekly training sessions. Those with preference for all things beauty were not left out either as a beauty training team was also present to impart the relevant skills on the young women.
The four week training program came to a close on the 1st of October having met its intended objective of equipping the youth with skills because indeed, by the end of the four weeks some of the young women had perfected the skills, doing exceptionally well, enough to give the masters a run for their money. To crown it all, Positive Young Women’s Voices received a donation of professional WAHL hair cutting clippers to see them continue practicing and consequently, perfect the new mastered skills.
This year’s theme for the International Day of the Girl being ‘A skilled girl force’, Positive Young Women Voices is glad to be empowering young women by giving them the opportunity to acquire such technical skills. This way, young women become confident because they are talented and skilled in what they do, and their capabilities make them forces to be reckoned with.
By Lizz Abade