Carter Center Deputy Chief of Party, Pewee Flomoku
Swedish Envoy Promises Support To Women Empowerment
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU CITY, May 15 (LINA)-The head of Development Cooperation at the Swedish Embassy in Monrovia, Ann Stodberg, has assured her government’s support to strengthen women empowerment in Liberia.
According to the Liberia News Agency, Stodberg gave the assurance in remarks at the end of a three-day workshop for national women leaderships held at the Youth Center in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County at the weekend.
The workshop was attended by over 50 women leaders, including chiefs, commissioners, community and opinion leaders from Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba and Margibi Counties.
She expressed appreciation for women’s active participation during the sitting, noting that every effort will be made to reach out through the Carter Center and its partners to ensure that women get actively involved in community initiatives, especially in matters affecting them.
Earlier, acting Grand Gedeh Superintendent Olaska W. Barh, urged participants to share what they have learned with others in order to bridge the gap between the capacity of men and women to lead.
He described women as positive agents of change because, according to him, “when you train a woman, you train a nation.”
He said women will also see themselves as change agents whose responsibility is to transform society for the good, adding that the way women help build their respective communities will encourage interested partners to give more support.
In remarks, Carter Center National Coordinator, Pewee Flomoku, challenged women to be proactive as agents of change, noting that if they are a little more inquisitive about what goes on around them, their participation will increase.
This is a second workshop to be conducted by Carter Center in Zwedru in less than a month.
Three weeks ago, the Center sponsored a two-day workshop for community justice advisors from seven counties at which adherence to the rule of law was stressed.
Topics discussed at the workshop ranged from the constitution to customary laws, personal and real property, among others.