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Empowering Rural Women In Liberia Through The Use Of Mobile Technology

About fifteen participants successfully completed a week long intensive training with skills to produce educational radio programmes on preventive health and agricultural issues commonly affecting women in Lofa County. Among the participants were five females and six male practicing journalists, as well as four members of the Women’s Listening Club, who are also farmers. The training, which is under the code name “Empowering Rural women through in Liberia through the use of mobile technology", was implemented by the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) with funding from Womankind World Wide.  

At the same time, guest presenters from the local offices of the Ministries of Agriculture and Health led separate sessions. During their deliberations, participants were able to acquire detailed information on the importance of farming and health, and how to positively impact national development. In other to meet one of the training objectives, there were discussions on key gender concepts and legal instruments on the rights of women, as well as the question of how women's rights is linked to HIV and AIDS, sexual reproductive health and agriculture.

Like any other professional field, the media in post-war Liberia is still under capacitated in terms of skilled personnel and graowth. Unethical conduct on the part of many journalists presents the media as a rogue entity. Low pay, poverty and the lack of adequate equipment are some other problems named as reasons why journalists are struggling with their career.However, the experience of women pursuing a career in journalism is distinctly unique and requires more than education, gadgets or better pay. Discrimination, low self-esteem, denigration, and sexual exploitation and abuse are words that describe the state of women in the Liberian media.

Mission Statement LWDR is a non-profit radio for women operated by the Liberia Women Media Action Committee to educate, inform and entertain through programming that promotes the rights and concerns of women.

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