Dorcas Women Empowerment Vocational School in Brewerville outside Monrovia has embarked on skills training for Liberian women and girls in the areas of baking, tailoring, and cosmetology, among others.
Executive director and founder of the organization Madam Glaneda D. Kolleh, told reporters Wednesday, 21 October said she took the initiative from the backdrop that many young girls were roaming the streets of Monrovia doing nothing to empower themselves.
“Our leaders these days are not willing to come to our aid when they are called upon, and these are reasons why we elected them to power, not to turn their backs on us and base upon that I thought it wise as a woman, to establish this initiative that will bring less busy women and young girls together to keep them busy in order for them to become useful citizens in their respective communities”, Madam Kollie said.
She said knowledgeable women should not sit and watch young girls being idle in society, stressing“if the government cannot provide more skills training, we ourselves can do it, because we notice that women are the people that need to be empowered as the saying goes you educate a woman, you educate a nation and we don’t want anyone to have such negative thinking that our organization is to seek political position; everyone cannot be a politician in the society; we have no thought of becoming a lawmaker or whosoever; our duty is to make sure that women and girls stand in preparedness for the future that is ahead.”
The executive director however noted that what is often observed in Liberia, politician come with sugar-coated mouth during elections to get the people’s votes after which they abandon the electorate. But she said the Dorcas Women Empowerment Vocational School is here to respond tochallengesyoung women and girls are faced with in their respective communities by giving them skills that would enable them to become productive.
By Lewis S. Teh