The NWCT launch and financial contribution occurred during the opening of the 100 women aspirants and campaign managers from the 73 electoral districts training, held at the Development Education Network Liberia (DEN-L) Compound in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The overall goal of the training was to increase women representation in the legislature and empower them to participate in competitive politics and governance in Liberia.
According to the Executive Director of NAYMOTE, Eddie Jarwolo, for so long men have ruled Liberia, yet they have not been able to transform the health, education, agriculture and other important sectors of the country, which has resulted to citizens lack of trust in government and underdevelopment of the country.
He noted that NAYMOTE is committed in working with the women before, during and after elections with whatever support they have, stressing women are the ones that complete the unfinished work.
Mr. Jarwolo urged women to tell their stories, and run based on their track records. He further urged them to deliver messages based on issues, and that their messages should be short, simple and clear to the point where their platforms will be understood by the electorates.
In response, the Acting President of the Coalition of Political Party Women in Liberia (COPPWIL), Georgia Gaga, affirmed their elation for being recognized politically as the face of Liberian women.
She appreciated the partnership from NAYMOTE and support from UNMIL to ensure that women succeed in electing more women in the legislature.
She said COPPWIL will visit all 73 electoral districts as well as political parties’ leaders to ensure they integrate women on their candidates’ listings.
"It is not about me, it’s about Liberia; so let us forget our differences and network as one because that is the only way we can make it possible," she stressed.
At the same time, the Charge d'Affaires at the Embassy of the United States of America, Samuel Watson, encouraged women to use network and alliances with emphasizes on a Liberia proverb about fetching water.
"You can lift a full bucket to your knee alone, but you need someone else to help lift it to your head. It is with the support of those around us with shared interests that we achieve our goals," Amb. Watson said.
Explaining that there are two critical elements to the advancement of women, Amb. Watson said women need to build a strong network to raise many voices to support equality. Women also need to develop allies, including men, who want to support women in their struggle for equality, with the inclusion of boys to ensure they are mature with more balanced view of gender equality, he said.
He said they should carry messages that will make the election important to all Liberians; issues such as the price of rice, foreign exchange rate or school fees. "It should be issues that concern women and national issues that affect everyone,” he said.
"Keep up the aspiration and essential work you are doing, build coalition, remember your issues are shared issues, your voices are more powerful when you speak together and you can build a strong, peaceful and prosperous future for Liberia, and for everyone," he indicated.
Meanwhile, the Co-Chair of the Liberia National Elections Commission, Sarah Toe, narrated that women should do something together with their male counterparts to enter the House of Legislature so as to help improve the life of all Liberians including people with disabilities; as well as pass good laws in the interest of the nation.
She indicated that women are task with the challenge to help Liberia compete with other countries in the world.