During our time here, I learned that when approaching advocacy for women and girls in Liberia at an international level, you need to be prepared to discuss the issue with many people, some who have more knowledge on the issues and some who have less. You need to be prepared, with information and messages for any type of audience and ensuring you are able to capture their attention.
My time with the Nobel Women’s Initiative taught me about the importance of working closely in partnership with allies. By working together with other groups—whether in your community or internationally—you are able to amplify your message.
During the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program, we were taught many new advocacy skills, many of which I can apply to my work at home in Liberia. I am already expanding my network of allies, meeting with women’s rights organizations and individuals who are interested in women’s rights issues to discuss my own lessons from my time in Canada.
Since my return home, I have continued to promote and actively seek sponsorship of my radio program, The Missing Voice, as funding runs out in January. Using the new skills I have gained over the course of the program, I have reached out to various groups in Liberia including to fund the program that provides a space for marginalized women to share their stories.
Josephine was one of the Nobel Women’s Initiative Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program participants in 2013. She has just returned home after spending six weeks in Ottawa with our team and two other young women’s rights activists from Guatemala and Myanmar.
Read the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program blog to find out more about Josephine and her experience in Canada.