Outcome of a One-day forum On Women Access to Information

Participants at a one-day forum to validate a research on women’s access to information (ATI) say the slow pace at which women obtain information for growth and development is mainly due to traditional and cultural practices, as well as domestic workload.

In January and February 2014, the Women NGOS Secretariat in collaboration with Carter Center conducted a research into access to information in Bomi , Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Nimba and Montserrado counties, to determine whether women in Liberia are accessing information in every sector.

The Zwedru validation session was facilitated by Mrs. Christina McGill Doe of the Carter Center, and was attended by representatives of women organizations, agencies of government and community-based organizations.

According to Mrs. Doe, the validation exercise will continue in the other four counties, to get feedback and make adjustments where necessary, before the final document which will contain recommendations is published, to address the situation and bring women on par with their male counterparts.

The forum was formally opened by Mr. Olaska W. Bah, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County, who encouraged the participants to make maximum use of the forum.

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