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100 Women In Politics To Train In Leadership
MONROVIA, April 9 (LINA) – Some 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia will on Tuesday participate in a one week women’s leadership and political participation training to prepare for the 2017 legislative election.
The overall goal of the training is to increase women’s representation in the legislature and empower them to participate in competitive politics and governance in Liberia.
The training will be held at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound in Gbarnga, Bong County.
Participants were selected through competitive vetting process and they will be trained and equipped with the necessary tools, knowledge and skills to participate in grassroots campaigning and campaign events, and learn about campaign communications, public speaking, message development, press relations, voter contact and requirements of becoming a candidate, etc.
The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General at UNMIL for Peace Consolidation, Mr. Yacoub El Hillo, will deliver the keynote address on the topic: The Role of Women in Nation Building and Accountable Governance.
Other speakers will include the Charged’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, Mr. Samuel Watson, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell and the Co-Chair of the National Elections Commission,Cllr. Sarah Toe.
NAYMOTE’s Executive Director Eddie Jarwolo said after the weeklong training his institution will partner with Coalition of Political Parties Women in Liberia (COPPWIL) to host 10 citizens engagement events across 10 electoral districts in Montserrado and Margibi counties.
The goal is to find out what issues are most important to voters as well as host mock campaign events for graduates in the 10 electoral districts to improve their public speaking skills before the actual campaign period.
Jarwolo said his institution looks forward working with COPPWIL to setup a National Women Campaign Coordinating Team which will be responsible for fundraising, directing and supporting all women candidates across parties lines during the elections period.
Naymote is a good governance and research institution working to promote democracy and participatory governance in Liberia.
Established in 2001, the institution has been one of the leading grassroots organizations promoting democracy, peace-building, human rights and civic engagement in Liberia.
The United Nations Mission in Liberia Quick Impact Project supports the program.