The Liberia Feminist Forum, a pro Democracy group in the Country has concluded a town hall meeting in Gbarnga in an effort to enlighten knowledge on the rights of women on landownership.
The town hall meeting was conducted at the Kuyon’s Forum in Gbarnga with several women groupings in attendance.
Basically, the meeting surrounded Women’s Land Rights, highlighting the constitution, family law, inheritance and generally the new Land Rights Act of Liberia.
The town hall meeting also highlighted Marriage, support of wife and children, custody of children amongst several others.
Speaking during the opening session, Cllr. Ruth Jappah the Facilitator said the training is important because with the knowledge, it would help determine agricultural production for women and other activities.
She stated that ownership of land or property empowers women and provides income and security.
” Without resources such as land, women have limited say in household decision-making, and no recourse to the assets during crises”
She added that when women are well informed about landownership and other basic things, it helps to improve their wellbeing.
For their part, participants expressed happiness and described the meeting as an eye-opener for them.
Mrs. Estella Liberty, one of the Participants and a Women Leader assured the Liberia Feminist Forum that the knowledge will be used appropriately, promising to pass the information onto others who didn’t attend.
“I am very happy today and I want to say a big thank you to this organization for the knowledge provided. I will always share this important information” she adds.
According to her, the meeting will serve as gateway for the sharing of information to those who were not part.
The responses of the Participants would be a clear indication that majority of them did not know more information about Women’s especially when it comes to land.
Liberia’s President George Weah signed in September 2018, the first Liberian law to recognize women’s rights to land which has become one of Africa’s most advanced land rights laws.
From the look of things, participants are interested in the topics under discussion not only because the topics have to do with women but also the holistic impact that come thereafter.