Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has officially launched the Women’s Radio Project to advance the issues facing women and girls in the country.
Speaking at the program in Monrovia on Thursday, VP Boakai said the project is intended to enable women to speak out on issues that affect them, including SGBV and rape.
VP Boakai said it is his desire to support women because, “women have lots of responsibilities that can help move the country forward through their programs.”
He urged the organizers to decentralize radio programs to all 15 counties to enable women across Liberia to participate.
He stressed on the issue of sustainability and hoped that the Women’s Radio Project will be sustained for a long time.
The Country Representative of the African Development Bank, Dr. Margeret Kilo, said the ‘Women Let’s Talk’ program will be broadcast on ELBC on Wednesdays, and repeated on Saturdays.
She said the show will be relayed by 15 stations around the country because the program seeks to facilitate understanding, dialogue and knowledge sharing through women-friendly radio programs for women and girls across Liberia.
She explained that the program came about when a group of international women serving in Liberia discussed the generational difference among Liberian women as professors, judges, lawyers, doctors and women in the legislature and government who are well educated and highly accomplished.
“Through the radio program, these phenomenal women will be able to share their stories with women who trade in foodstuffs in Red Light or secondhand clothes in Duala, along with the judge, mechanic, among other stories, will be told to other aspiring women who can know what to do to become like their role models,” Dr. Kilo said.
The program, she said “will also help women farmers in Nimba or Grand Kru to get information about where to get help to improve crop yields, where and when to sell in order to get the best of her produce and where to put their money in savings and how to revisit it.”
“The radio has power. That is why stakeholders came together and worked to put this women’s radio program together. I call on sectors of government and partners to support this initiative,” Dr. Kilo said.
Several women’s groups attended the program showing support to the radio project as they observed the global 16 Days of Activism against Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).