NAYMOTE Strengthens Women’s Participation in Politics

By Mafanta Kromah

 

Participants with certificates following the training

 

The National Youth Movement for Transparent Election (NAYMOTE) over the weekend completed a week training for 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from across the 73 electoral districts in Liberia.

The training was held at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound, based in Gbarnga, Bong County. The generic aid of the training the week training was meant to increase women’s representation in the legislature and empower them to participate in competitive politics and governance in Liberia.

The women’s leadership and political participation training was certainly to prepare females aspirants for the 2017 legislative election.

Speaking during the closing of the program, the Head of Political Affairs at the National Elections Commission (NEC), Joseph Yarsiah, explained the way one can be eligible as a candidate and what are the steps require to meet all of the necessary qualification.

Yarsiah talked about the NEC calender of the events and commented on the entire procedure from now to October 10, 2017.

At the same time, the Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Eddier Jarwolo noted that the training was important because participants learned new friends, new skills and knowledge and also helped them build a very big family.

He said many never knew each other before; but due to the training they have built a family, saying whatever district he goes to and see these women working, he will also help.

“Election is a complicated one, you will spend all your money, do a lot of work but if you do not have the tools, skills and knowledge, you will not get a good result. We are thinking about working with you to d a lot of work and other activities like how you get the party to get you on the ticket, we don’t want you lose and go to another party,” he narrated.

Mr. Jarwolo indicated that they will work with the Coalition of Political Parties Women to see how best women aspirants can get on the political parties ticket.

“We pledge our support to work with the coalition of women,  as we get to town, we are going to have meeting to do a plan on how to work to engage, we are very interested in getting the various sectors in counties very active. You will never get money from anyone if you can’t work together,” he stressed.

He thanked the DEN-L family for hosting them for the five days, stressing they decided to do the training out of Monrovia because they wanted to have a quiet times and also engage the rural part of Liberia too.

He commended participants for the level of patient for the five days, adding “use the knowledge to impact your communities, work very hard, there’s no time to rest and start practicing how to develop your campaign messages, public speaking, engage the media, go to various radio stations tell them about your next activities, doing so you will have a positive result.”

Meanwhile, the President elect during the training and a representative aspirant of District #6 Salala, Moima Briggs Mansah thanked and appreciated NAYMOTE for the knowledge and skills they impacted in them and promised to make maximum use of all that they were thought.

She also commended the DEN-L family for allowing them host the training on the compound and for being patient for all the behavior during their stay.

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