The country representative of BRAC Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Abdus Salam has reaffirmed his institution’s commitment to support Liberia’s economy by empowering women and children in the financial sector.
Mr. Salam made the statement last Saturday during a program marking the pre-celebration of International Women’s Day. It was organized by BRAC Liberia.
According to Mr. Salam, women and children are the future leaders and as such, the need to empower them financially and educationally.
“Knowledge is power and we are here to give you that knowledge that you need to empower you for the betterment of the future,” he told the gathering, including women and children.
He urged them to be focused and determined because there are lots of challenges out there that they will meet up with.
The financial empowerment of women and children is also BRAC’s initiative to provide adolescent girls with financial and social support to enable them to empower themselves, Mr. Salam indicated.
For her part, Ms. Anzoyo Anita, program manager of Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA), said celebrating the Women’s Day is to honor great women in the world who have contributed economically and politically in society.
She also encouraged the girls to be determined in whatever that they are engaged into.
Ms. Anita told the gathering that, “Women’s empowerment starts from an early age.”
She said women cannot be empowered without being educated, so to be empowered more women and girls need to be educated.
The ELA program manager said its program provides a safe place for girls to socialize and take part in group activities as well as a forum for life-skills training. Many of the older members who are out of school have taken training in income-generating skills.