16 December 2012

Liberia: ABIC, UNITAR End Training

The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) on Friday, December 14, 2012 ended two weeks intensive training in Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Monrovia.

Speaking at the closing program at the C. Cecil Denis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell lauded the organizers for such an inspiring initiative. Minister Duncan Cassell said peacebuilding was crucial for region and as such she was pleased to observe the presence of representative from all Mano River Union Countries.

She promised to serve as a champion and convey to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf the need to utilize the skills and expertise of the participants is sustaining the peace of the region.

Prior to the closing program, Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan graced a dinner ceremony with the participants and organizers during which time he commended both UNITAR and ABIC for the training. He noted that the training was critical and will go a long way in solidifying the peace of Liberia and the sub-region. He described the training as "a great initiative that has started small", calling on participants to serve as peacebuilding ambassadors of the region. He also promised to ensure that the participants are utilized in maintaining peace in the region.

The Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding workshop was held in two phases from 3rd December 2012 to 14th December 2012 at the ABIC training centre situation on the University of Liberia Campus in Fendell. Phase one was a Training of Trainer (ToT) component from December 3 - 7, 2012 while a Pilot Training began on Monday 10th December, 2012 and ended on Friday 14th December, 2012 with a closing ceremony at the C. Cecil Denis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.

Participants for the training were selected by the Angie Brooks International Centre. Participants come from both civil society organizations and the government sector. Eighty percent of participants were female who have received prior training in peacebuilding and its related fields. Participants were both international and national and were selected from various countries on the continent of Africa with specific emphasis on countries of the Mano River Union sub-region. International participants for the training came from Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Kenya. Local participants were drawn from some of the fifteen political subdivisions of Liberia.

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