Over the past three years the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC), with funding from USAID through IREX, launched the Women’s Media Initiative (WMI) mentoring and training program to empower and motivate, particularly, upcoming female journalists in both rural and urban areas who are usually the most victims of mistreatments in the media. LIWOMAC trainers and mentors enriched the program in 2013 by infusing women’s rights reporting skills acquired from cascaded media empowerment training organized with grant from Womankind Worldwide.
“I used to believe that journalism was only meant for men and not for women…” says Lorpu Beyan, a young female assigned with community radio station in rural Liberia. The perception of Lorpu is not different from her colleagues participating in a focus group discussion to assess the impact of the training and mentoring program. Bennetha Nelson, one of the other discussants said: “I have learned that everyone is equally important in the media, whether you are man or a woman.”