OWE Calls For The Maintenance Of Peace And Democracy In Liberia

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The acting Executive Director of the Organization for Women Empowerment (OWE), Aretha Togba, has expressed the need for the maintenance of peace for a better Liberia.

   Togba said citizens must portray acts that will promote peace and democracy following Liberia’s fourteen years of civil war.

   She noted that Liberians should also desist from acts that resulted into the April 12, 1980 coup and other conflicts that took place in Liberia.

   The acting Executive Director of Organization for Women Empowerment spoke at the climax of a day-long Media Peace Dialogue organized by the organization.

   Meanwhile, giving an overview of the Dialogue, Togba indicated that the gathering was meant to remind media practitioners about their role in promoting the maintenance of peace.

   “We however call on all media practitioners and institutions to keep elevating the importance of peace for a prosperous democracy.

   The Dialogue took place over the weekend at Monrovia Christian Fellowship Center church on 9th Street, Sinkor.

   The Organization for Women Empowerment (OWE) is a non-profit organization that was established to seek and promote gender equity, bridge the gap between the privileged and underserved women, stand up for the less fortunate women/girls, widows and commercial sex workers to develop and enhance their capacities to enable them to have lobbying power at the national and sub-national levels.

   According to Togbah, they are currently working with women in Montserrado and Bomi counties in the areas of women’s economic empowerment and women’s leadership and participation in politics.

   “Our mission is to empower widows, single mothers and underserved adolescent girls to become who or what they choose to be without validation from society. Our vision is to see a world where women believe in their abilities, voices and talents to eliminate the prevalent negativity surrounding feminism, girls are allowed to be girls and not brides, and women rights are accepted as human rights, not property laws. And we believe in the core value that talks about, transparency and accountability, hard work and commitment, non-discrimination and equal justice respect for humanity,” Togbah observed. “To commence the implementation of the project, we conducted a media peace dialogue which brought together 20 media houses within Montserrado County.”

   The gathering was meant to remind media practitioners of their role in peace building, as we reflected on the historical event that took place on April 12, 1980. We call on all Liberians to desist from acts that will stir up violence in our country.

   The session was facilitated by Frank Sainworla.

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