Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) welcomed over 200 attendees at Leauva’a for the four-day annual GLOW Conference. The conference, held from October 3-6 at Infant Jesus, was the largest of its kind with a nationwide reach.

GLOW has become one of the most common and recognizable Peace Corps activities throughout the world. GLOW Samoa emphasizes on long term female leadership engagement at all levels of society. The initiative focuses on leadership development for girls ages 10 to 15 and on capacity building for village women leaders ages of 23 to 55. For seven years, GLOW Samoa has reached over 70 rural villages through clubs, camps, and conferences. Activities are held weekly at the community level and annually at the national level.

The present gathering invited current and emerging women from 23 villages in Upolu and Savai’i. With events that focused on building girls and women life and leadership skills and self-esteem, while encouraging intellectual development, promoting women health, inspire the attainment of dreams, and provide networking opportunities as they progress along their education and job paths. Empowerment blooms from guided discussion and reflection on a variety of presentations by speakers.

The opening was officiated by the newly crowned Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, who motivated the girls to work hard and follow their dreams. The long list of presenters include Petronila Malio’o Mataeliga, Tofilau Fiti Laung Wai, Ramona Tugaga, Josephine Stowers Fiu, Ronna Lee, Cherelle Jackson, Doris Tulifau, Angelica Salele, Papali’i Mele Maualaivao and representatives from Samoa Red Cross, Samoa Family Health, MANA Care Products, and Samoa Judo.

In addition, participants visited the National University of Samoa and the Australia Pacific Technical College to explore possibilities in tertiary education. Women leaders completed a GLOW Club training session that prepared them to establish, develop, and maintain GLOW Clubs in their communities. They received GLOW Handbooks in English and Samoan to assist in this regard printed through a generous donation by SABB. The conference concluded on October 6 with remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa. This event, implemented by GLOW Samoa, was brought together through a partnership with United Nations Women, the United Nations Development Programme, and Young Women Christian Association. The conference was made possible through generous donations by SABB, MANA Care Products, Sunrise Chinese Restaurant, Appollo Cinema, Siva Afi, YWCA, UN Women, and UNDP.

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