The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) in collaboration with the UN Women has concluded a two day workshop on promoting women rights and access to justice in Gbarnga, Bong County.
IREDD is a research and policy advocacy organization that works with grassroots organizations and partners at local and sub-national levels.
Its partnerships are geared towards creating linkages between local groups and their local authorities on the one hand with policy actors.
According to IREDD Project Manager for Women rights at the UN Women Bob Johnson, such partnership provides greater leverage for the work of local actors extends their programmatic reach and enhances their ability to influence local, sub-national and national policy actors.
He says IREDD works closely with different groups throughout the country on issues of natural resources, governance, peace and security, legislative strengthening and accountability, budgets and contracting, access to justice, human rights and service delivery.
Mr. Johnson says the workshop will serve as an eye-opener for women in the county noting, the rights of women in Liberia have been violated by their male counterparts over the years.
According to Johnson, survey conducted by UN Women on the rights of women in Liberia found that the rights of women are continuously being jeopardized here.
According to Mr. Johnson, women’s rights project under UN Women is targeting five counties including Bong, Margibi, Bassa, River Cess and Gbarpolu.
At the close of the training, some of the participants lauded IREDD and partners for organizing the educative forum in Bong County.
Participants including Lorpu Paye and Mrs. Mary Marla promised to share the knowledge acquired from the training with their colleagues in order to understand their rights and responsibilities in the homes and various workplaces.
According to them, their rights have been violated by their husbands in the past and even by national government.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley