By Melissa Chea-Annan
In commemoration of its 5th Anniversary, the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) on Monday dedicated the Chief Suacoco Center, in Bong County.
Shortly after dedicating the Center, which is valued at over US$250,000 President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf boasted that another promise to honor a prominent woman who has contributed immensely to society, has been fulfilled by the Government of Liberia.
President Sirleaf recalled that in March 2009 at the ground breaking ceremony of the ABIC in Montserrado County, she assured the women that Chief Suacoco would also be honored. President Sirleaf reiterated that development is a process, which takes time, commitment and more financial resources.
The President expressed satisfaction for the level of work that has been carried out by the rural women and reminded them that they are now empowered and as such, should always speak out their minds on what needs to be done.
The ABIC Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, explained that the new Center is a project that is being implemented by the ABIC for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.
Giving the history and vision for the Center, Cllr. Wureh stated that the Bong County Center is intended to provide an opportunity for the training, development and the empowerment of Liberia’s rural women as promised by President Sirleaf in March 2009.
According to her, the Center, which is named after the most illustrious female chief in the history of Liberia, is exclusively for rural women empowerment. Cllr. Wureh pointed out that Chief Suacoco is known as a peacemaker and a stateswoman, when women were rarely seen and even heard.
Bong County Senior Senator, Jewel Howard-Taylor commended President Sirleaf and the ABIC for constructing the Rural Women Training Center in Bong County and further assured them that the new Center has opened another avenue for rural women to work harder and move forward.
The Executive Director of the African Women Development Fund, Theodosia Sowa, said that the construction of the Chief Suacoco Center is a clear manifestation that African women have worked hard in many years for the continent.
Madam Sowa commended President Sirleaf for the support to Liberian women and added that the Center is of great value to all women and that the African Women Development Fund will continue to support the women of Liberia in their projects to promote and empower women, especially rural women.