The Angie Brooks International Center for Women Empowerment (ABIC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), trained 15 female motorcyclists and 10 female drivers over the weekend.
At the opening of a two-day workshop over the weekend, ABIC Establishing Coordinator, Yvette Chesson Wureh, said the workshop will train women in business management, human rights, self defense and rules of the road, among others.
She said they are working closely with the Liberia National Police (LNP) to help the women in their day-to-day activities.
Coordinator Wureh said the initiative is based on her organization’s work in empowering women to be able to compete with their male counterparts.
She said her vision is to have more girls coming onboard “to improve their careers and help develop themselves through their work.”
ABIC Program Officer, Henrietta Tolbert, said building the capacity of Liberian female cyclists and drivers is important because “it will give them protection in their work.”
UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programs, Cleophas Torori, described UNDP’s support to female drivers as “very important” because it is helping to empower women so they can provide better services to Liberians in general, and to members of their respective communities.
“We the partners hope to see that you are successful in your business. But to get to that point, you must work very hard because you are working in an environment that is dominated by men,” cautioned Torori.
Ms. Sackorline Tandapolie, one of the beneficiaries, said, “I operate heavy duty vehicles. I have learned a lot from the training and I am prepared to take up the challenge to compete with my male counterparts and improve my living condition.”