Thirty members of the Liberia National Rural Women (LNRW) from the 15 counties have participated in a three day training in Gbanga Bong County to strengthen networking and coordination among themselves, along with their partners in order to reach their development goals.
The total number of rural women in the 15 counties is 77,100.
The networking and coordination training, sponsored by the Kvinna Till Kvinna (KtK) Foundation (meaning woman to woman) is to help them cooperate with other women to do things that will serve the nation.
KtK representatives Elizabeth Dolo and Sianie Kolubah, said networking is the process of coordination, sharing independence functions, adding that it is all about connecting and communicating with each other to learn new skills that will speedily bring women on the path with men.
Women’s group networking is very important, because it enables them to stand strong and do greater things to make their rights respected in society. They acknowledged that when women learn from other women in various counties it will help their voices to be heard in national development.
Madam Dolo and Madam Siane said networking is all about exchanging information for positive development agenda to carry on projects that will develop the communities through women’s programs.
“Networking encourages women in their day to day activities and the way forward. We expect that women will learn how to network to achieve their goals through KTK,” they added.
They further explained that women must be able to understand what it means to network and form an organizational plan and strategy so that they can overcome past challenges.
They said the training is also to help women network to be food secure and to enable LNRW lobby with other development partners to produce their own food and be self-reliant.
“Women need to stand and be stronger to take part with the men in all sectors. We must be able to work together without division, because we are not educated and we are depending on the educated women to be able to carry our development agenda,” they said.
They said networking is not about money or other benefits, but how to help improve the lives of women who need to make their presence felt in society.
LNRW National Secretary General, Madam Retha W. Kai, said women are their own problems and therefore they need to come together.
She added that women must know where they come from and where they are heading to. “When women are elected into office they must see the reason to return to the women that empowered them and pave the way for other women to be successful,” she said.
Madam Kai said those men that won the recent elections did not win because they had money but because of the good human relationships with those they live with. She said until women can have good human relationships with those in their surroundings they will not succeed in getting the 30 participants any representation.
“Women must respect their fellow women so that they will be able to support them during the political season. Women’s development should not be on their lips but they must be able to carry on development that will sell their abilities to the country,” she indicated.
The president of the LNRW, Madam Kebbeh Monger, said women must be able to be accountable for what they do and they must also be open to each other. Madam Kebbeh said educated women need to come down to the uneducated so that they can better work together to improve women’s participation in politics.
She thanked KtK for the numerous contributions to women’s groups in Liberia and said the training has introduced the women to networking and they are very proud to be a partner to KtK.
Madam Kebbeh told the participants to take the training back home and teach other women how to network and be creative to make things happen for the betterment of other women.
She said women leaders must be able to make a report at least two times a year to ensure transparency and to help them win public trust.