The Liberia National Rural Women Structure (LNRW) on Friday, February 8, held its annual update achievement seminar to brainstorm on challenges they faced in the past year and how they would be able to overcome them this year.
The 2018 Achievement Seminar was held at LNRW’s headquarters in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support from Action Aid Liberia. The event brought together 25 participants selected from 15 counties.
Kebbeh Monger, LNRW president, said in 2018 they trained 45 women from the counties in networking and experience sharing at a workshop sponsored by the Kvinna Till Kvinna (KtK) Foundation (meaning woman to woman).
Kebbeh said after the networking and experience sharing workshop with KtK, some of the rural women were able to give success stories about how the training helped them overcome some difficult issues in their various counties through networking.
She said if the government wants to empower women, it must do so through budgetary allotment in order to enable the women implement projects that will improve their livelihood through workshops.
“I visited Ethiopia and the United States and while there, I asked questions about how rural women became successful. I was informed that the government was supporting them, but in Liberia the case is different,” Kebbeh recalled.
She said farms produced by rural women were used last year as success story by Liberia at the UN Women 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN headquarters in New York, United States of America.
“We are committed to producing a lager farm this year, because rural women are working tirelessly to ensure that the country grow what the citizens eat,” she said.
Kebbeh said because of the interest rural women have in agriculture, they have decided to divide the country into three regions, with focus in different directions of food production.
She has therefore encouraged young girls to join the rural women structure, because they are the future leaders that will take over the country.
Alice Johnson Howard, deputy minister, Ministry of Gender, called on rural women to work in a collaborative effort in order to transform the country.
Ms. Howard promised the ministry’s willingness to work with rural women in projects, and not workshops any longer.
Gloria Barloum, Action Aid Program Accountant, said the agency will support the women through agriculture programs, to improve UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
Presidents for the rural women of Gbarpolu and Margibi counties, Ma Bendu Jah and Esther Clarke, expressed gratitude to Action Aid for supporting rural women.