Young girls, ready to face the old monsters!

By Jude Sia

Watch out creeps. Teen Techie Titans on the loose.

Manila, Philippines — Young girls from age 13 to 18 attend the Social Media Training conducted by Center for People’s Media on October 6 and 7 at the Meranti Hotel, Quezon City to take on the challenge of educating and protecting young girls from becoming victims of different forms of abuse.

Sexual harassment and exploitation, child labor, teen pregnancy and rights of children emerge as top priority issues in the discussion for the Facebook campaign to be advanced by youth members of Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan (PKKK) as part of their preparation to celebrate the International Day of Girl Child on October 11, 2018.

Mylene Hega, project coordinator and mobilizer of PKKK, asserts that providing knowledge and skills to young girls on the effective use of social media will accelerate their effort to push the advocacy of promoting the rights of women and young girls.

“ We expect that the inputs and exercises in the training will help them craft better messages, memes, videos and enhance their skills on how to use the platform to popularize the issues of PKKK-Girls Advocacy Alliance, namely,  elimination of gender-based violence and economic exclusion of children and young women,” Mylene explained.

Participants of the training are student leaders from Bataan and Nueva Ecija who will spearhead various awareness- activities in their schools on issues affecting young people especially girls.  With social media in their hands as tools to educate and promote their advocacy, the girls believe that their plan of actions will gather agreement and support from their peers.

“Marami akong natutunan mula sa training bilang participant at gagamitin ko ang lahat ng ito para maisulong ang aming adbokasiya.” (I learned a lot from the training as a participant and I will use them to promote our advocacy), says Aliyah, 15. CPM

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