By Jefferson D. Tweh
Kvinna Till Kvinna (KTK) and Office of the Gender Advisors of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) last week held a one-day consultative confab to unite the women of Liberia. It was held at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia.
Speaking at the opening of the confab, the Field Representative of Kvinna Till Kvinna Madam Rie Lukowski said the consultative meeting was aimed at strategizing to strengthen the unity of women in Liberia.
Madam Lukowski disclosed that the interest of women being united is very essential because women play a significant role in a developmental process in the country.
“Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organizations and other civil society organizations cooperate and mobilize around issues of common concern and KTK partner organizations are more included in the decision making and their works and experiences are more recognized by local, national and regional decision-makers, and Increased knowledge and capacity to claim rights among women and targeted within the program about national, regional and international women’s human rights instruments,” Madam Lukowski averred.
Madam Lukowski told the participants that Unity is when people come together with other individuals or groups to form something greater and that unity is often built around a common purpose, harmony of interests or value that creates and share identity.
“When people are united by share values and goals, they can move together, synchronizing their efforts to attain things that nobody can attain alone and unity is inclusive, a sense of unity can transcend our fear of each other, and in unity the joy of one is the joy of all, and the hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one, is the honor of all; therefore let us be united,”Madam Lukowski encouraged women.
According to Madam Lukowski, sisterhood is built on solidarity of women on share conditions, experience and concerns, regardless their ages, status, and positions but that all women are equal and all their voices are heard and respected.
She added that the bonds of sisterhood have helped to unite women to fight for social equality and that the women should learn from other countries where the concept of sisterhood is strong and integrated in the communities such as love, good heart, and sisterhood. She lauded the women of Liberia for attending the Consultative Strategies meeting.
Also speaking at the consultative meeting, Officer in Charge, Office of Gender Advisors United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Mr.James M.Muriithi said the benefit of unity promotes respect, understanding, tolerance, love and reconciliation among people and it reduces duplication and enhances proper utilization of financial and human resources through joint planning and implementation.