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Agnes Kortimai

Zorzor District Women Care (ZODWOCA)
Joined August 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Health, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Traditional / Customary Justice
I established the Zorzor District Women Care with support from my husband on December 20, 1994, as a rural women rights organization. I continue to carry out human rights education for fellow women in Lofa County since ZODWOCA establishment. Our operation area is highly traditional with women having no say in anything. We have to educate our fellow women in advocating for their rights. The District was the worst hit by the Liberia civil conflict. This prompted the formation of the organization, former combatants have raped young girls, and had to be taken to court, while others murder women in cool blood for ritualistic purpose.

We also had to fight for our women to get access to their late husband’s properties, and the forceful movement of these women to the families of their late husband. This was known as “Dower Rights”, thanks to ZODWOCA which I head in collaboration with the Association of Female Layers of Liberia and other women. Secondly, to assist our women get farm land, and house spot, they are not consider as part of the family because they are women. For rape cases, we have represented our women in courts many times, first carry victim to hospital and pay the cost for medical and legal fees.

Our advocacy have assisted our women to realize that they must have a say in who leads them, now more women are standing for the coming election, currently the District is represented by woman at the National Legislature.

We have brought programs to support our women in sustaining and empowering them. On empowerment, I visited Canada Micro Summit meeting and pleaded with the Danish Government, who provided $ 800,000 USD for Micro Revolving Loan, managed by UNDP, ZODWOCA or me, and the Liberia Government. This supported over ten thousand (10,000) women in six District. In preserving our forest and sustaining our women, we got a grant from UNDP/GEF/SGP on climate facilitation to move from the forest and engage in swamp rice production, this was done in four communities and was very successful. The micro loan had assisted over four hundred (400) women to change their lives, provide income, hospital bills, pay school fees as most of them are widows. We have held various partners, like UNICEF, that assisted us in our child Disbarment and Demobilization Project. That Disarmed two thousand (2000) child soldiers in our District.

In all these, I have vision that women in Liberia will one day be independent of men. You can share my contact if you wish, I have no problem with it.

I strongly believe that through this NETWORK, with one voice and collaborative efforts, we can deliver indigenous people from injustice. Until Justice for All, All our achievements around the globe are meaningless.

I won a rural women award from WWSF-Women World Foundation Summit, ( Laureate award in 2007), (email: [email protected]) .

We are currently engaged in Ebola Education.

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