Source: The News
A skill training program sponsored by Margibi County district #3 Representative Stephen S. Kafi has benefitted 130 rural women in various disciplines. Serving as guest speaker at the graduation over the weekend, a prominent woman of Margibi County Janka Clarke urged the graduates to utilize the skills acquired to improve their individual lives.

Madam Clarke told the graduates that gone were the days when women depended only on their husbands to provide support for the family.

She said when women are empowered through education, they would be seen as partners to the men.

She challenged the women to rise above complacency and take advantage of various opportunities being provided by well-meaning Liberians such as Representative Kafi.

According to her, the training program which is the first of its kind in the district was contributing to the capacity building and human resource development in Margibi County.

"I urge you today to take advantage of education for self-empowerment; know your value, recognize your value, this would enable you to be prepared for challenges in society," Madam Clarke told the rural women.

She appealed to the husbands of rural women not to suppress them, but give them the opportunity to practice what they have learned.

In remarks, Representative Kafi said the program is a fulfillment of his campaign promise to the women during the 2011 general and presidential elections.

He said the women are wives of tappers at the Firestone Rubber Plantation.

Rep. Kafi said he was motivated to sponsor the training because of the demeaning conditions of the beneficiaries.

"Today's graduation is the second phase where 130 rural women in the district have been provided training in various areas of specialization," he noted.

Representative Kafi observed that capacity building and human resource development are critical areas that need more attention by leaders in the county.

Kafi said he remains committed to ensuring that the lives of women in the district are improved. During the training, the women were taught hair dressing, hair design, baking and soap making.

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