Center for Youth Empowerment
The Web Page for and by the Liberian Refugee Youths currently situated in Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana.
DEPARTMENTS Children Department
Education Department
Women Department
Peace Department

The Women Empowerment Department

Background

Wars have always had grave effect on women. They are brutally raped, maimed, witnessing the executions of their husbands, close relatives, and friends. In Liberia, as in other conflict zones, they were left alone to shoulder the responsibilities of catering to their children.

The former UN General Secretary confirmation of sexual exploitations by UN Peace Keepers in Democratic Republic of Congo clearly indicates that there is no safe haven for women during war, and the Liberian Civil war was no exception. It was the country's worst war history has ever recorded. Atrocities like mutilation and rape were common in Liberia. Some of these women were impregnated and left them alone as single mothers. Even now that the guns are silent, the Liberian Women, the single mothers, the sex slaves, and the widows only survive to face long chains of trauma, frustrations, and destitutions.

Those who fled for safety to other neighbouring countries, and are now residing in refugee camps like the Buduburam Refugee Camp have sadly not escaped the doom of frustrations, destitutions, trauma and daily cumulative stress. The cost of living in the midst of poverty and lack of skills has compelled them to an unpleasant alternative to survive involving old and young women, where youngsters are prevalent.

As a result, the rate of HIV infection is still growing, as well as teenage pregnancy with girls as young as twelve years. In view of this, CYE has decided to establish the women Empowerment program to help turn this ugly and pitiful situation around, restore their lost dignity and give them hope for tomorrow.

Goal of the program

The goal of the program is to empower women with skills to make them become self-reliant; to educate them on the role of women in community development, gender awareness, violence against women and HIV and AIDS awareness.

What the program offers

  • Sewing: refugee women are taught the skills of sewing, and the training cycle lasts for six months, with daily classes of three hours.
  • Beauty Care: women are taught the necessary skills needed for hair plaiting and beauty care. There are two sessions (beginners and advanced classes), whith the beginners course lasting for three months, and the advanced course lasting for six months. At the end each period refugee women are awarded a certificate of achievement.
  • Gender based Violence and HIV/AIDS-awareness: Through workshops, drama clubs, dissemination of messages on fliers and community outreach, the intention is to cement, at a grassroots level, the role of women in community development. This is also taught and highlighted to erase the notion that women are passive when it comes to making major decisions in community.

Future plans

Our plans in the future are to establish more vocational skills training program like pastry, catering, and interior decoration.

Funds Needed

For the smooth implementation of all activities under this program, funds are always needed to purchase instructional materials for both the sewing and the beauty care school; to hold workshops on violence against women, HIV/AIDS, and the role of women in community development; and to prepare materials for community awareness.

Project proposals

Under construction