Liberian Leaders in Community-Based Organizations Change Attitudes

May 9, 2008

May 2007: WLP and our Nigeria partner BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights convened a National Training of Trainers Institute (TOT) in Paynesville, Liberia in May for 25 women in leadership positions at community-based organizations focusing on women’s issues.

In an effort to help their Liberian sisters after 14 years of civil war, BAOBAB worked, in cooperation with the National Women’s Commission of Liberia (NAWACOL) and the New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA) to hold this TOT for women participants who represented every county in Liberia.

The President of NAWACOL reported that her attitude has changed for the better after the Institute. She no longer “forces things down” her employees’ throats. Instead, she provides space for her colleagues to speak their minds.

Four advocacy campaigns were created during the Institute, including reforming laws for widow’s rights, supporting senior citizens, reducing HIV/AIDS stigmatization, and increasing girls’ enrolment in schools.

Each group created a shared vision and developed an action plan. WLP and BAOBAB will work with NAWACOL and NARDA to formulate a follow-up evaluation institution to determine the impact of the TOT.

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