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Albert & Logan News, March 2, 2017

Gender equality, mental health at heart of youth program

A new youth led initiative has been launched to help Logan women tackle gender inequality at school and work.

Self-esteem, body image, mental health and bullying will also be on the agenda when R4Respect hosts its first Logan Girls Empowerment Project workshop next month.

R4Respect youth ambassador, Jennifer Uwineza said she hoped young women from all cultural backgrounds would get involved and take on leadership roles within their communities.

“We believe the best way to reach out to young people, is through young people themselves,” she said.

“We want them to listen to other young people that are currently doing great things and changing the world.

They can be inspired especially during this time of the year when women are celebrated.”

Fellow ambassador Beenush Khokhar said they aimed to form a mentoring network to provide girls with ongoing support.

“They need to know they can do whatever they set their minds to,” she said.

The event has received funding from the state government and will run in conjunction with Queensland Women’s Week.

Join on Thursday, March 9, at the Gould Adams Community Centre, 558-662 Kingston Rd, Kingston, from 9am-2.30pm.