photo credit:Patience Coleman permitted by: Henrietta-Liberia
  • photo credit:Patience Coleman permitted by: Henrietta-Liberia

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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Dear Patience,

Liberian women are an unstoppable force for change and serve as such a powerful example for women worldwide of what's possible when women are at the helm.

Thank you for participating in our Rio+20 initiative and courageously sharing your voice. Your story and recommendations are en route to Rio de Janeiro with our partners at WEDO, and will be presented at the conference to ensure grassroots women's perspectives are included at the negotiating table. Our editorial team is working on an E-magazine for publication next Wednesday which you will receive in your inbox, highlighting selected pieces from our Rio+20 initiative. We will keep you updated on the outcomes of the conference and how you can stay involved as a vocal leader for your community on these issues.

I encourage you to read the stories of your fellow PulseWire sisters and engage in conversation to share experiences, ideas, and best practices for addressing sustainable development issues in your communities.

In friendship and solidarity, Jade