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U-Report Talks Is Sparking Dialogue!
Oct. 2, 2015
BY FATOU WURIE
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U-Report Talks is creating a space for youth in Sierra Leone to network, learn, share and inspire collective action for positive social change.

U-Report Talks is cultivating a space for strengthened dialogue among youth leaders, doers, innovators, activists, students and active community mobilizers.

U-Report youth dialogues don’t have to just remain on the SMS/TEXT platform ( to be a U-Reporter text JOIN & send to 2080); it extends to radio engagement, secondary school and university orientations and a bi-weekly event that is the U-Report Thursday Talks.

The First U-Report Talks was themed “Rise in Sexual Violence against Young Girls in Sierra Leone”. Ms. Yeniva Sisay-Sogbeh, Co-Founder of Power Women 232 (the women’s group that organized the ‘We are All Hannah Rally’) was a guest speaker, sparking thought by highlighting the legal, social, political and community responsibility required to stop sexual violence in Sierra Leone. The event hosted women’s groups and girl’s rights activists and organizations, with some participants sharing their own stories of sexual violence. Although a small gathering, it left many of the women determined to continue their work in the fight against sexual violence.

The most recent U-Report Talks was themed ‘Design & Innovation’ and hosted young movers and shakers like Kelvin Doe a self-taught innovator and TEDx speaker , Madlene Hamilton a Senior program manager and Impact Hub Fellow, and Salton Massally  winner of UNDP’s Social Good Summit (2014) and CTO of IDT Labs . The panellists spoke about merging creativity and technology, overcoming fear to develop products with all speakers reinforcing that ‘youth must be at the forefront of innovation.



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