Three weeks ago, the Observer Women’s Desk made a promise to feature market women every time this column is printed. Unfortunately, due to some technical problems at our desk, we could not highlight the importance of these women in society for the past two weeks.
Unemployment is an issue discussed in every corner in Liberia. From the ataye shops, to the heart of all communities, unemployment has claimed the attention of many women are committed to standing up and fighting against it by engaging in arts and crafts, cultural activities and the preparation of ethnic foods.
The country is now to a point where women are no longer dependent on men to support them. They no longer sit in their homes waiting for their husbands. They have risen to the occasion and decided to use their hands to become self-employed.
As we close the door on 2013, we must pause to reflect on stories that were discussed this past year on the Women and Family Page. Even as the President of Liberia has made it her top priority to combat violence and abuse against women, men still find it difficult to accept that women remain important to every society.
In our different topics, we looked at different activities of women around Liberia and how their actions benefit them. We also took our time to retrospect on how important women empowerment can better the nation in all aspects.
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.