Formidable Initiatives for Women and Girls- Liberia, (FIWG) is a local, non-governmental, non-political and nonprofit women’s led organization established 2016 and legally registered in 2018. It was organized by a set of twins Ernlee Bee-Barbu and Ernree Bee-Neeplo after working extensively in the health and social welfare sectors of Liberia. Its formulation was ignited after the United Nations 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action that took place during the Commission’s 59th session in 2015. “Every Woman, Every Child/ Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health”. Realizing the need for advancing the rights of women and adolescent girls through holistic education, health and economic empowerment, the organization is fully committed to adolescent girls and young women advocacy, empowerment and human rights so as to preserve the spirit of leadership, promote health, education, confidence, foster national development and participation in all areas of life. FIWG believes in providing youth especially vulnerable young women and girls opportunities to rise above their challenges and develop into economically independent, confident, and successful leaders. We envision a world where girls and youth can grow up to be healthy, socially and economically empowered women and leaders in their communities.
To this end, FIWG facilitates the Adolescent Girls and Young Women Leadership Program over the course of the school term and at community levels with girls between the ages of 10-24, teaching them various life skills from leadership, confidence building, and entrepreneurship, to how to take care of their bodies, protect themselves from sexual violence and avoid teenage and unplanned pregnancy. We offer them support and encouragement to stay in school and stay focused on reaching their dreams. FIWG also tackles the cycle of poverty that leaves women economically dependent on men.The organization introduces training in various vocations including recycling plastic waste, fabric waste and scrapped tyres for economic empowerment as well as reusable sanitary pad production to increase girls' retention in school and overall health and hygiene in both rural and urban communities. FIWG deliberately work in the impoverished slums and rural communities of Liberia, where there is a lack of intervention projects and where these issues are the girls’ realities – not just statistics. Where girls are more likely to get pregnant than finish school and where a girls’ education is not as valued as her brother’s. Where government schools are under-staffed, under-funded, and unable to equip girls with the skills and resources they need to solve the issues they face.
Currently FIWG works in 3 of Liberia’s 15 counties and plans to expand into other communities, schools, and areas where vulnerable young women and girls need support to transform their lives, their families and their communities when resources are available.