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NAYMOTE Donates L$500k To Women Coalition
MONROVIA, April 12 (LINA) – The National Youth Movement for Transparent Elections (NAYMOTE) has launched a National Women Campaign Team (NWCT) and made a contribution of L$500,000 to support the Coalition of Political Parties women in Liberia (CPPWL).
The team will fundraise, direct and support women aspirants across polity line.
The donation will assist the CPPWL lead a national campaign to get women on party tickets, conduct citizens engagement events and host mock campaign events across 10 electoral districts.
The launching and contribution were done during the opening of the 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from the 73 electoral districts training, held at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound, based in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The overall goal of the training was to increase women’s representation in the legislature and empower them to participate in competitive politics and governance in Liberia.
According to the Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Eddie Jarwolo, for so long men have ruled Liberia and have not been able to transform the health, education, agriculture and other important sectors of the country, resulting to citizens lack of trust in government and the underdevelopment of the country.
He noted that NAYMOTE is committed in working with the women before, during and after elections with whatever support they have, stressing women are the ones that do the unfinished work.
Mr. Jarwolo urged women to tell their stories, and campaign based on their track records, issues and that their messages should be short, simple and clear to the point where their platforms will be understood by the electorates.
However, the Acting President of the Coalition of Political Party Women in Liberia (COPPWIL), Georgia Gaga, affirmed that they are happy to be recognized as the face of Liberian women politically.
She appreciated the partnership from NAYMOTE and support from UNMIL to ensure that women succeed in electing more women in the legislature, and said COPPWIL will visit all 73 electoral districts as well as political party leaders to ensure they integrate women on their candidate listings.
Meanwhile, the Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the United States of America, Samuel Watson, has encouraged women to use networks and alliances with emphasizes on a Liberia proverb about fetching water.
"It says you can lift a full bucket to your knee alone, but you need someone else to help lift it to your head. It is with the support of those around us with shared interests that we achieve our goals," he noted.
Diplomat Watson explained there are two critical elements to the advancement of women which, he said, women need to build a strong network to raise many voices to support equality and develop allies, including men who want to support women in their struggle for equality, with the inclusion of boys, making sure they are mature with more balanced view of gender equality.
The Co-Chair of the National Elections Commission, Sarah Toe, narrated that women should do something together with their male counterparts to enter the Legislature so as to help improve the lives of Liberians, including people with disabilities, and to pass good laws in the interest of the nation.