Forty-five women under the banner of Liberia National Rural Women (LNRW) recently benefited from a two-day experience sharing and networking workshop in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
In the 15 counties, LNRW leadership has a membership of 77,100.
The networking and experience sharing workshop was sponsored by the Kvinna Till Kvinna (KtK) Foundation (meaning woman to woman). It is to help them network with other women and do things that will serve the nation. Kvinna Till Kvinna is a Swedish organization founded in 1993 as a result of the Yugoslav Wars. It supports women in war and conflict zones with a strong concentration on the Balkans, but is also active in some African countries, including Liberia, the Middle East and the Caucasus.
The two-day event brought together women from the 15 counties, to work with their colleagues in the urban setting and formulate new developmental goals.
Ma Kebeh Monger, LNRW President, underscored the importance of women to network so as to improve the livelihood of some of their disadvantaged colleagues.
She dispelled the notion of women being maker, and said that they are mothers that have a role to develop the nation.
Ma Kebeh therefore wants women to be given equal opportunities to prove their ability to develop.
The workshop is expected to empower the participants, giving them a voice in decision-making.
In a joint presentation on strategies to network and coordinate, Elizabeth Dolo and Sianie Koluba, both KtK representatives, said women’s group networking was necessary to enable them to make the right decision.
They said networking is building relationship with people and understanding that everyone has equal values.
According to the two women, the more women network successfully, the better chance they have to meet their developmental agenda in a shorter time and without spending much capital.
“In networking, everyone is important, because each person has the ability to do something that would be powerful and less expansive,” Elizabeth and Sianie said.
They believe that networking cannot be successful without positive communication, and working on each other’s ideas to impact the lives of other women.
Cllr. Asatu Bah Kenneth, Deputy Immigration Service Commissioner of Liberia, called on the women to stop abusing the power that is in their hands but network to empower each other.
“Many women are single today because they are abusing the power that is in their hands,” she said.
Cllr. Kenneth said gender equality is not gender abuse, so women must see their husbands as the head of the home.