The Gbowee Peace Foundation (Africa) has launched a technical institute program in the country for women and girls. The Foundation also included ex-combatants of all the former warring factions into their plan.
Their aim is to reduce the illiteracy rate in the country, while empowering women and girls, locally.
The launch was done at during its 2nd anniversary fundraising gala, under the theme: “Advancing Girls’ Education & Entrepreneurships.”
The fundraising gala, which intended to raise at least three million United States dollars, was held at the Executive Pavilion on Broad Street, with a lot of national and international partners in attendance.
Launching the Abigail Technical Institute and High School for Girls, Madam Leymah R. Gbowee, in whose honor the Foundation is named, said the foundation would focus on empowering women and girls in the country through internship, mentorship, and career development.
According to Madam Gbowee, the Foundation has given many of its scholars international scholarships. Recipients were: Georgia Genoway, Korto Johnson, Ernestine Vulue, Yamah Lavelah and others; some will be traveling abroad for studies this year.
She further explained that the building of the technical institute for women and girls was a way of starting something for girls. “The hope is that those that do not go to college can learn something else and still remain on course,” she added.
Madam Gbowee, who is co-recipient of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, said the scholarships for women and girls have been extended to supporting ex-combatants as a way of telling their own story.
She explained that contributions were made towards the Foundation, after she had won Peace Prize, by some of her partners, who all around the world, including the United States.
The fundraising gala included honoring a number of individuals for their role in empowering women and girls, including Abigail Disney, a donor and partner of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, close friend of Leymah's and producer of the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell.
One of the scholars of the Gbowee Peace Foundation, Africa, Ma-Hawa Ngaim, of the University of Liberia, said the Gbowee Scholarship was the best in the country, giving full support to women and girls in Africa.
She explained that Gbowee Peace Foundation was the only program in the country that gives stipends, school supplies, internships, and many others opportunities including workshops, academic development, and summer student exchange.