The Informer (Monrovia)

1 February 2013

Liberia: 50 Unskilled Women to Be Empowered - YEI Boss - Launches Skills Training Program

The Regional Coordinator of the Youth Empowerment Initiatives (YEI), Madam Kiabeh Guzeh-Mulbah has underscored the need for the empowerment of more women and adolescent girls in the various communities around the country.

Madam Guzeh-Mulbah noted that by empowerment, women and young girls who have been affected either by the 15 year years old Civil War or parental and society neglect will contribute towards the growth and development of their country (Liberia).

She said that more women are needed to be empowered so that they (Women) will not be liability to their communities and the country at large, stating that by empowering them will help also help them prepare for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government's Vision 2030.

She disclosed that she has embarked on the process of supporting the vision 2030 by means of providing skills training initiative for 50 women and adolescent girls within the St. Paul Bridge Community on Bushrod Island in Monrovia.

Speaking at the official launching ceremony of the Skills Training Program held on January 26, 2013 on the campus of the St Paul's Bridge Day Care School, Madam Guzeh-Mulbah said the skills training has targeted school dropped out girls, single mothers and school going girls who she added are vulnerable than their male counterpart.

Madam Guzeh-Mulbah who said women are more vulnerable than their male counterpart said the skills training is tuitions free and will cover young girls and women between the ages of 13 and 31 years.

According to Madam Guzeh-Mulbah, the skills training exercise is expected to last for six months, adding that the first phase is expected to last for three months and during the first circle (six Months) students will be trained only in baking and other skills like Tailoring and cosmetology will be added in the second circle.

She said the Youth Empowerment Initiatives (YEI) training program is being implemented by the Young Women Desk Office National Lutheran Youth Fellowship and sponsored by M. Women Initiatives for Young African Women.

Serving as Chief Launcher of the YEI training scheme, Cllr. Nancy F. Sammy challenged the would-be beneficiaries of the skills training program to make good use of said worthy cause and prepare themselves for future challenges.

She noted that when women are empowered economically, they serve as hot cake and begin marketable to their country and the rest of the world, stressing that they are respected also in their community and their nation.

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