Three-Day Rural Women Confab. Starts Wed.

The National Rural Women structure under the auspices of the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Joint Program on Accelerating Progress Towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP-RWEE) holds a three-day Rural Women conference under the theme: “Rural Women Rising Beyond Ebola: Agriculture, the Way forward.”

The three-day conference brings together over 200 delegates from across the country in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County from Wednesday, March 4-6, 2015.

The program aims to provide training on leadership and democratic representation; consultations on governance reforms, (Constitutional Review and Decentralization), and consultations for the adoption of a roadmap for the JP RWEE and expanded support for women’s agricultural production through the rural women structure.

Expected accomplishments from the pending Buchanan’s conference will include the strengthening of National Rural Women accountability to rural women and girls, especially in agriculture; to increase women’s understanding of leadership and democratic representation, their rights and responsibilities, governance reforms processes as it relates to constitutional review and decentralization.

The conference will also enhance rural women’s involvement in national policies and processes; increased capacity of the National Rural Women Structure and to identify key entry points for the drafting of a common JP RWEE roadmap and its adoption for 2015/2017.

The establishment of the Rural Women Structure in Liberia created a platform for rural women to articulate their concerns, evaluate their accomplishments and advance strategies to tackle challenges they may encounter.

One key concern for the structure has been the need for supporting rural farmers in improving their livelihoods and securing increased food security, especially in rural Liberia.

Liberia is one of seven countries namely Ethiopia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Kyrgzstan, Nepal and Niger considered as a pilot country under the implementation of the RWEE Joint Program.