UNDP’s Empowerment Package to Liberia’s “Pink-Panthers”

Nov 16, 2015

Pink Panthers displaying their talent during the visit of UNDP Adminstrator Helen Clark to Liberia

In continuation of its empowerment package to the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC), UNDP has supported a two- day training for some 15 young, underprivileged women fighting odds of chauvinism, cynicism, abuse - to compete in a male-dominated and high risk commercial venture in Monrovia.

The training conducted for the “Pink Panthers” covered areas of self- defensive driving, safety and security, human Rights and financial management, infused with soft-skills, integrating messages that promote good citizenship, self-reliance, promotion of social cohesion and gender equality.

It was offered through the Liberia National Police, ABIC, UNDP and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) as partners.

This initiative is an integral part of UNDP’s recovery strategy in the restoration of livelihoods and productive capacities of communities and households. This is in recognition of the fact that Ebola resulted in reduced or lost incomes, increased costs of living and shortage of basic necessities of life, especially where the youth, women and other vulnerable groups have been most affected.

It is in furtherance of the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark’s commitment during her visit to Liberia in February to empower the Liberian ‘Pink Panthers’ – the all-girls motorcycle club comprising some 15 young, underprivileged women.

It can be recalled that the Pink Panthers received 15 motorbikes from UNDP recently, under a ‘lease to own’ arrangement that will economically empower the girls. They will use the bikes for commercial purposes, generating an income, but also making a savings through a flexible plan organized with a local bank that will result in total ownership of the bikes once they reach a set threshold. No down payment, no collateral, no credit is required and ABIC is the guarantor.

The project will evolve and grow as more girls or women see the benefits. With more trained female professionals on two wheels, passengers will feel safer and feel comfortable to ride.

Contact

For more information, Contact;

Karbo, Hannah- National Gender Analyst/ Tel: +231 /770103602- E-mail:-hannah.karbo@undp.org

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: sam.zota@undp.org/zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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