Madam Annie Marie Lukowshie, head of Kvinna till Kvinna, an international NGO in Liberia, has stressed the need for Liberian women to learn from other women around the world by helping one another in every initiative that could bring everlasting benefit to the country.
Lukowshie made the assertion recently when she served as the keynote speaker at a program marking the International Women’s Day held in Duazon, Margibi County. The program was organized by the Women and Children’s Development Association (WODCAL) which also commemorated its 9th anniversary.
The event brought together women from diverse backgrounds, including students, under the global theme: “Press for Progress” with the national theme: “Act Now: Support the Liberian Women’s Agenda.” Madam Lukowshie said the International Women’s Day is a time to reflect and focus more on the important role women have played in the world.
She reminded Liberian women that there is a need to unify themselves and become strong in order to succeed in their quest for gender equality, adding “women should learn to take up self-initiatives in communities that will bring them together.”
She told the gathering that Liberian women have played a major role in building decent homes, private institutions and the government as well as Liberia at large, and they need to keep it up because it means that they are heading towards development. She, however, lauded the executive director of WOCDAL, Malinda B. Joss, for the level at which she has brought the organization.
She also praised other supporting partners for their continued support to WOCDAL.
Meanwhile, in commemoration of the International Women’s Day celebration, few women were honored for their meaningful contributions over the years to the Liberian society. The honorees included the superintendent of Zorzor market in Lofa County, Ma Vabah Wolubah, Watchen Harris Bruce, Deputy Chief of Party for Programs, at the Liberia Agri-business Authority (LADA) among others.
Mrs. Watchen Harris Bruce on behalf of the honorees lauded WOCDAL for the recognition and encouraged other women to be supportive to one another.
She recalled that WOCDAL over the years has been very consistent in its operations that has brought the organization to another level. “We hope that other women’s organizations will follow a good example of WOCDAL,” she noted.
WOCDAL’s mission is to secure a just and fair society, where women and children are empowered, sustained and can realize their basic needs and human rights.