Forty-five women of the Liberia National Rural women (LNRW) recently benefited from a two-day experience-sharing and networking workshop in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
LNRW honoring their KtK Partner at the workshop in Buchanan
The networking and experience-sharing workshop sponsored by the Kvinna Till Kvinna (KtK) Foundation (woman to woman) is to help them network with other women to do things that will serve the nation. The total number of rural women in the 15 counties is 77,100.
The two days event brought together rural women from the 15 counties to enable them work together with others women group to reach their developmental goals.
Ma. Kebeh Monger, president of LNRW said it is important for women to network and come out with productive ideas that will improve the livelihood of disadvantaged women. She said women are not noise maker, but mothers that also have their role in developing the nation.
Ma. Kebeh said women must be given equal opportunity that will give them the chance to prove their developmental ability that God had given to them.
She urged women to embrace other women that will enable their networking ability to be stronger and move on path with men.
Ma. Kebeh said at the end of the workshop, she expects women to give more knowledge on their goals in term of development and building in connection with other women organizations that will improve the participation of women in decision-making.
Elizabeth Dolo and Sianie Kolubah in a joint presentation on strategies on networking and coordination said Women’s groups 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.
They said networking is building relationship with people and understanding that everyone has equal value.
According to Elizabeth and Sianie, the more women network successfully the better chance they have to meet their developmental agenda in shorter time without spending much capital.
“In networking never dismissed anyone as unimportant because everyone has the ability to do something that makes it very powerful and less expensive,” Elizabeth and Sianie said.
Elizabeth and Sianie said networking cannot be successful without positive communication and working on each other’s ideas to impact the lives of other women.
“To network, you have to be a good communicator and have good listening skill to work, encourage and inform other women about real issues,” they said.
Cllr. Asatu Bah-Kenneth, Deputy Commissioner of the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) said women must stop abusing the power that is in their hands and network to empower each other.
“Many women are single today because they are abusing the power that is in their hands,” she said.
Cllr. Bah-Kenneth said gender equality is not gender abuse indicating that women must look at their husband as the head of the homes.
“You cannot leave your husband undone then you expect him to support you in your work,” Cllr. Bah-Kenneth said.
She said women are taught positive things in workshop but when they return home they demonstrate negative things that give bad image to all women.