Women Behind the Wheels Gets Assurance of More Government’s Support

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Barely three months following the launch of Women Behind the Wheels, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the government’s continual support to the program.

Women Behind the Wheels is a project organized by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to empower less fortunate and street girls and women in several skills including driving, painting and business. The intent of the program is for some of the women to serve as commercial drivers, however, at the moment, there are no vehicles available for use.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf promised her administration’s unending support to the empowerment of street and adolescent girls. President Sirleaf made the commitment on April 15th at the Foreign Ministry.

President Sirleaf also urged organizers of the program to engage in partnership agreements with the National Transit Authority and other agencies and organizations that will absorb beneficiaries into service.

“We will encourage other donors to help donate more cars to the program to enable the empowerment of women and girls,” she said.

In response to the president’s commitment, Page and Abdul-Banki praised President Sirleaf for her support to women-inspired programs.

 

Featured photo by James M. Garretson/ Executive Mansion

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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