A non-governmental organization, Mineke Foundation over the weekend launched its Women’s Club aimed at building women’s skills in the country to ensure that they support themselves.
The national coordinator for Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women at the Gender Ministry, Dominic Massaquoi said such a program needs the full support of the (Gender) ministry to decentralize its activities.
“It is the obligation of women to take this project into their hearts as it will usher them into a marketable state in the future,” Massaquoi told them.
He told the women that the institution is helping them to take advantage of the job market.
“Women are potential people not quantity, but [you all] need to put more time to your training,” he urged them.
He promised the women the ministry’s full support to extend the program across the Barnesville Community to benefit more residents, especially the women.
Also speaking, Coordinator of the Mineke Foundation Bukola Ayoola said lack of women’s empowerment across the Gardnerville Township is a major problem.
“We will invest more resources to make women contributors in the homes, and in their society through this skills training program,” she assured the participants.
She said since the beginning of the women’s club more people have benefitted and the interest is growing among the community of women.
Ms. Ayoola further said the increase in economic hardship has made it difficult for many women, especially the unskilled to succeed easily in Liberia.
“We will tackle these hardships with vocational training courses, giving our women a brighter future and skills to start their own businesses,” she said, adding that courses offered focus on self responsibility, learning skills and teamwork.
She noted that building the skills of women with the right economic approach and entrepreneurial knowledge makes them accountable to transform their lives.
“An optimistic, practical and independent woman positively impacts her community, nation, family which is the basis for every developed country,” she emphasized.
According to Ms. Ayoola, the women’s club was initiated this year with more them 60 women benefiting in soap making, pastries and vocational courses.
She disclosed that currently there are about 40 women undergoing career training in the three-month soap making and nine month pastries course in the vocational school.
Gardnersville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kenneh appreciated the foundation for the good work and appealed that they should extend it in other parts of the township.
“I hope that these women will make this project as their first life priority in order to improve their own livelihood,” he added.