The Resilience of Women in Grand Gedeh County – FrontPageAfrica

Yesterday I had the great privilege of speaking at the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas Collaborative Event and the Grand Gedeh Women’s Initiative “Award Ceremony” in honor of of Mrs. Cecilia Towah.


By Dr. Stefania Forte


The unique feature of this event is a testament to the resilience, unity and progressiveness of the powerful in Greater Gedeh and the Diaspora. As an official guest, I connected to my heritage by hearing the stories of these powerful women of our county. I find so many inimitable characteristics in Mrs. Towah, an incredible woman of substance and grace. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. I believe that with unity, we can achieve the most ambitious goals within the GGAA institution. During my speech in Kansas City, I said that our main pillars of change lie in our unity, our heritage, and the tangibles as we propel our county to greatness. The remarkable life of Madame Towah is an example and a gift to be emulated. I clearly remember my relationship with her, in Detroit, last June. She asked me to sit with her and she said, “my daughter, the women of GWI are ready to hand over the funds and provide the land for the construction of the first resource center for women and children “.

I acknowledge the duty and responsibility to accomplish this incredible feat. We are all inspired to design the most impactful resource and educational space in memory of Madame Towah and other strong women of Grand Gedean. Madam, may your soul rest in peace and thank you for blessing us with your presence, your leadership and your service.

My greatest gratitude goes to Mr. Eric Wowoh and the leadership of Change Agent Network, the largest non-profit educational infrastructure development organization in Liberia. Further appreciation goes to the media, especially the Liberian Public Radio and Prince Dorbor Show as well as other online platforms for allowing us to share information about the proposed Leadership Academy and the first Center of resources for women and children in Grand Gedeh County. These initiatives cement us as an anchor for the largest Diaspora Liberian programs – for us by us!

The accomplishment of the Grand Gedeh Women’s Initiative is a direct representation of the cunning and novelty of our dynamic women. I appreciate everything you do and have immense respect for you! I am fully confident that this resource center and other targeted programs will simultaneously transform the condition of women and children while creating an opportunity for unity and rural economic growth in our county, the Diaspora and Liberia.

My sincere thanks to the women of GWI for receiving this initial investment of $10,000 and 15 acres of land for the construction of the Women and Children’s Resource Center and Leadership Academy. This is a historic moment for me!

Stefania Forte believes that in order to reduce extreme poverty and promote the integral human development of poor and marginalized school children, they must be provided with training, education and other social empowerment activities. His institution SFEF improves the educational experience of schoolchildren in poor and rural communities, especially those in developing countries, by providing scholarships or financial support and other necessary resources. In most cases, SFEF establishes and operates girls’ schools or girls’ education programs in existing schools in poor, rural communities. Dr. Forte defends and guarantees the right of girls to education and protection against marginalization, and promotes community and social awareness regarding child abuse, in particular the fundamental right of girls to education and protection social. We have a huge task ahead of us and it involves fundraising, strategizing and maintaining our unity to accomplish this amazing feat.

More than ever, I am at your side, not only in my capacity as President of the Board of Directors of CAN, but as a daughter of Grand Gedeh.

I want to urge everyone to keep praying for us. With prayers, we can accomplish anything!

Who is Dr. Stefania Forte?

Dr. Stefania Forte is a Liberian educator, lawyer, mother, nation builder. She is the founder of the Stefania Forte Education Foundation (SFEF). His background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Early Childhood Education from Temple University, a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Affairs from West Chester University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Curriculum. and in teaching from Cabrini University. She also has a certification in family literacy. Dr. Forte has over 10 years of technical, academic and leadership training in the discipline of education. She knows the power of education to change a woman’s life. She is Chair of the Board of Change Agent Network, Liberia’s largest non-profit educational infrastructure development organization. She is also an active board member of Teach for Liberia, which focuses on teacher training, development and leadership. She is also the co-founder of E-Planet Kids, a leading online education platform for

children aged 2-8, focusing on building basic skills in math, literacy, writing and foreign languages. Dr. Forte is also a leader in the global literacy movement as a member of the Global Literacy Advocates and Literacy Ambassadors Ghana.

Dr. Stefania Forte believes that to reduce extreme poverty and promote integral human development of poor and marginalized schoolchildren, they must be provided with vocational training, education and other social empowerment activities. Dr. Forte defends and guarantees the right of girls to education and protection against marginalization, and promotes community and social awareness regarding child abuse, in particular the fundamental right of girls to education and protection social.

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