Women and Change in Liberia “From Nothing to Something”
Sustainable Development for us as Career Ambassadors, means Sustainable Peace. When your mind is full of peace you think development continuously. It is interesting working with community women and youths and helping them understand what contribution they can make to their communities and society as a whole. In conversation with a woman who mentioned “From Nothing to Something” as a focused of her story. Liberian women are now doing all they can to develop their lives and communities in the absence of a man.
Sis. Henrietta, age 49, is a senior student at the University of Liberia pursuing Bachelors degree in Public administration but is presently stopping in the home of her younger sister.” This is a serious situation!” she said. “Life is so unfair when I can stop with another family at this age and have three dependents with no husband and unemployed. If world leaders are sure about sustaining development, let them put down the pride and corruption and development will spill over to people like us. While am waiting, time is going and I need a future for my children and still have a hope for my own future therefore I am still in college. Presently, my source of income comes from my little palm oil business with little to help me sustain my family and survive. For one year now I started to build my own house with mud bricks and haven’t completed but I am sure of making it with much progress. I was nothing but now I’m something. My house is up, not completed yet or with modern design but I will have peace in there and more development will follow. My potential has been recognized by the Liberian Ambassadors for Career Development (LAMCAD inc.) a Non-Governmental organization working with women and youths for a better society and I can now make a difference in my community”.
There are many women with self-determination and questioning the political will of our Leaders. If Leaders from Liberia are represented at the G20, let them be aware that there’s no hope for the millennium goals of 2015 but with much hope for the vision of 2030(Liberia’s National Agenda). When we all mean what we are saying, Liberia will rise again.
By: Patience Coleman Founder, Liberia Ambassadors for Career Development (LAMCAD Inc.)
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