In a brief chat with journalists at the start of the training, the Executive Director of the group, Mmonbeydo N.J Harrel said the intent of the training is to bring together women politicians, especially young females and civil society actors, on issues like sexual and gender based violence, as well as increased participation of women in politics.
“We want more women to get elected because we know when women get elected that is how issues that Civil Society Organizations like us care will be listened to because those are the same issues women aspirants are passionate about,” Harrel said.
“It is good that we form this collaboration at this moment, when they aspiring to get to the legislature and when they get there, they will already be informed. We are training them on how to debate, to organize campaign activities, so to ensure that they get better prepared to appeal to the voters,” she said.
For her part, a female aspirant for Montserado County District # 7, Sabah Jomah, said the training remains significant especially going towards the elections.
“Women oftentimes have disadvantages and some people feel that we are weak, so this training is important because it will build the strength of women. We want to add to the knowledge we have acquired over the years, and this training is about building the capacity of women,” Jomah said.
Also speaking, Welma B. Sampson of the Girls Alliance Incorporated said the training adds value to female aspirants especially in a male-dominated political field.
“We are here to enhance women capacity and prevent gender base violence. The electoral process is male dominant and for women to get in there has been somehow challenging because some feel that women are not capacitated enough to get into the race,” she said.
“The knowledge acquired will be spread over to my girls especially when we are organizing our girls’ leadership camp,” she added.