Sistuhs aim to empower and enlighten young women

Courtesy of Ashley Brown

Florida A&M University’s chapter of Sistuhs Incorporated, hosted their first ever “No Boys Allowed” event Thursday evening.

The national community service organization, decided to have an all girls event at FAMU’s Villages dormitory.

The event consisted of interactive stations like sex education, fashion design tips, pillow talk, icebreakers and many more.

Carliegh Alderman, a fourth-year FAMU cardiopulmonary science student from Okeechobee, currently serves as the chapter president for Sistuhs.

“We wanted to do a girls’ night event to promote Women Empowerment,” Alderman said. “Sex education is very important to me and without boys present, women are more likely to be open about sex with each other.”

The Sistuhs’ event was sponsored by FAMU’s Health Clinic.

Paulina Bamgbose is a health educator and advocate for HIV health education on FAMU’s campus.

“I agreed to speak at the event because the HIV rate in the African-American community has increased,” Bamgbose said. “I thought the best group to speak with was females in order to create awareness and ensure protection,” Bamgbose continued.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the number of HIV diagnoses among African American women has declined, though it is still high compared to women of other races/ethnicities.”

Aiyanna Fleming, a third-year FAMU Pre-Health Care Management student from Miami were amongst the many students that attended.

“I say the flyer on Instagram and the theme appeared to be fun,” Flemming stated.

She added that the event was very interactive and they had “icebreakers” to make everyone feel welcomed.

“Some events are usually dull and boring. However, this one was full of energy and everyone seemed happy.”

Sistuhs Inc. will be hosting their interest meeting for all new members February 1.

If anyone would like to join, the meeting will start at 8 p.m. and the dress code is business casual in order to attend.