Welcoming Rural Women Conference

IT HAS BEEN announced that 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) is expected to hold a three-day Rural Women conference under the theme: “Rural Women Rising Beyond Ebola: Agriculture, The Way forward.”

THE THREE-DAY CONFERENCE is expected to bring together over 200 delegates from across the country in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County from Wednesday, March 4-6, 2015, aimed at providing 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.

ACCORDING TO THE organizers, the conference is also expected to 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.

WE WELCOME THIS rural women conference, especially as it relates to its aims and objective, as this would provide the platform for “rural women to articulate their concerns, evaluate their accomplishments and advance strategies to tackle challenges they may face.”

MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE are happy that at the end of this conference, women would be strengthened, especially in agriculture; increase their understanding of leadership and democratic representation, their rights and responsibilities, governance reforms processes as it relates to constitutional review and decentralization.

FOR TOO LONG women continue to complain of low representation in the governance system, something for which they continue to advocate for more women representation. Gone are the days when rural women were only significant as part of cheering squads or sang songs of praises to national leaders, while opportunities were there to provide them to advance themselves.

TODAY, WE ARE happy this ugly trend is changing as there are many efforts to turn this ugly wheel around for the better. Hence, we believe that such a conference providing training on leadership and democratic representation; consultations on governance reforms, among others would greatly contribute to preparing rural women for participation in national leadership.

ONCE MORE, WE hail the organizers of this conference.

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