Beans, rice and grain a source of living for Liberian market women (Rally Time Market on UN Drive)

Market Women at Rally Time Market on UN Drive

Market Women: The Backbone of the Liberian Economy

Despite the challenges they face on a daily basis, women have continued to play a vital role in every sector of the country. Women have contributed in different ways in relation to development and helping to reduce the high rate of poverty in the country.

This week in our Women & Family section we focus on market women and some of the challenges they face in gathering their produce for the market.

Going Beyond the Call of Duty to Assist the Poorest of the Poor


When a group of women arrived unannounced at the head office of the Foundation for Women Liberia (FFWL) in Monrovia one sunny afternoon in March 2013, they had heard about FFWL’s loan program to help women grow their small businesses and they had come to beseech FFWL to extend the program to their town.  

Females Tackle SEA in Media


Female journalists in the media under the banner of FEJAL, gathered Tuesday, December 10,  to brainstorm on fighting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) at their various workplaces.

The intent of the event is to formerly launch an awareness campaign discouraging sexual harassment among media practitioners.

At the launching program in Monrovia, outgoing Press Union of Liberia president (PUL) Peter Quaqua, praised the organizers for leading the quest to protect and empower women in the media.

WOLPNET: ‘FGM, Early Marriage Unacceptable’

The Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) has described the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia, as unacceptable and should be abolished.

In a press release yesterday, WOLPNET described the practice as a violation of human rights.

The local women’s rights group’s assertion followed its recent engagements with Liberians in Bomi, Lofa and Grand Cape Mount Counties on the way forward to end female genital mutilation and early marriage.

Decency: What It Has to Offer

It is not a secret that a considerable percentage of female garments on the Liberian Markets are meant to entice men, as these outfits tend to expose their “sensuous parts.”

As a result of this phenomenon, some older folks think that “decency” is declining among young people around the country, especially females, who’s respect is often (erroneously so) based on how they appear in public gatherings.


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