By Patrick Stephen Tokpah
Gbarnga, Bong County-In a bid to empower women in Liberia, a local organization under the Banner, Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA), has launched a vocational training program in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The program is also intended to provide women with the requite skills that will make them self-reliant and productive.
CODRA is a non-governmental and a not-for-profit organization that is based in Bong County, Liberia.
It is registered under the Association Law of Liberia as a Charity organization that works in the areas of community development and research.
Speaking at the launch of the project recently, CODRA’s Executive Director, Mr. Lasanah A. Dukuly mentioned that the training was part of a project in preparing women and girls for disaster management.
He noted that the project was further aimed at improving and strengthening women’s economic growth.
Mr. Dukuly stressed that he will also work with the three counties to develop a county disaster management and response plan that is gender sensitive and responsive.
He revealed that based on an assessment done in the three counties, the organization identified that these counties’ programs were not gender-sensitive and inclusive.
Mr. Dukuly indicated that when these skills are acquired by women, they be adequately prepared to contribute to the forward march of the Country.
He then urged the beneficiaries to remain committed in giving to society that which has been acquired.
The CODRA’s Executive Director further revealed that the training is being funded by the United Nations Agency, called Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), through UN Women Liberia.
The ongoing program seeks to empower about 400 women from Bong, Nimba and Margibi Counties.
The training is expected to last a year and candidates who perform extremely will be given grants.
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