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Eco-friendly travel guide to Liberia advises how to be a responsible tourist. Learn how to travel in a sustainable way and how to respect the local people and culture. Make your trip green by supporting locally owned hotels, organic restaurants and other businesses. Read more on how to protect the environment by making conscientious choices and how to travel green in Liberia, Africa.


  • Air quality: 3.7 / 5
  • Bus connections: 3.1 / 5
  • Train connections: 2.3 / 5
  • Hitchhiking: 3.6 / 5
  • National parks: 3.9 / 5
  • Outdoor activities: 3.4 / 5
  • Locals' English level: 4.2 / 5
  • Safety: 3.2 / 5
  • Accommodation: US$18 - $291
  • Budget per day: US$27 - $337

Responsible Travel

Liberia is one of the countries in West Africa. Traveling responsibly while in Liberia will go a long way in promoting the country’s dream of becoming one of the major economic hubs in the region. One of the ways which we can travel responsibly while in Liberia is by using water responsibly. This natural resource is one of the most important resources in the world but unfortunately, there is little clean water in Liberia. This calls for effort from everyone in the country to conserve water during their daily activities. Some of the ways in which we can conserve water is by taking quick showers instead of baths and closing taps once we are done using it. Other ways which we can travel responsibly while in Liberia include:

o Disposing of waste appropriately

o Using public transport more often

o Residing in eco-friendly accommodations

o Promoting the local economy

o Supporting organizations and initiatives aimed at improving the lives of locals here in Liberia.


Air Quality and Pollution

The air quality in Liberia has continued to improve over time. Measures have been put in place by the government to acquire resources to deal with the waste scourge that posses threat to both the air quality and pollution in the country. With the country having little clean water for use within its borders, water-borne diseases among other sanitation-related illnesses pose a great threat to the health of the locals here in Liberia.


Respect the Culture

Religion in Liberia, together with the cultural and social customs, is believed to have its origin from the west. Many of the inhabitants here had inherited the western culture where they wore hats and even constructed their houses like those of the slave owners from the west. Majority of the Americo-Liberian men belonged to the Masonic Order of Liberia, which has a very huge impact on the politics of the country to date.

The culture of Liberia also supports polygamous marriages. The customary law in the country allows men to marry up to four wives. Studies have shown a third of the women in Liberia who are between 15 to 49 years are in polygamous marriages. In terms of cuisines, Liberia acknowledges rice as the main staple food in the country. Other popular food substances in the country include cassava, bananas, fish, coconut, sweet potatoes, plantains, okra, and citrus fruit. Stew is also on of the most popular dishes in the country where it is usually spiced with scotch bonnet chilies and habanero then is served with fufu. The baking practices in the country is believed to have originated from the United States.

Football is the most popular sport in Liberia. The country’s national team made it to the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 1996 and 2002. One of the major strides the country has ever made in sports is when one of their presidents, George Weah, became the only African to be named FIFA World Player of the Year. Basketball comes in second as the most popular sport in Liberia. The national basketball team of Liberia managed to qualify for the AfroBasket in 1983 and 2007.


Top 10 Places to Visit

• Mount Wuteve. This mountain is situated in Liberia and is believed to be the highest point in Liberia. It is situated in the Guinea Highlands Range with the parent range believed to be the West Africa Mountains. It rises to a height of 1,440 meters above sea level. The locals here usually refer to it as Mount Wologizi especially those from the Loma community.

• Cape Mesurado. It is located in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It is situated close to Saint Paul River. It was given its name by Portuguese sailors who came here during the 1560s. In April 1822, African American settlers established Monrovia. Here, you will find a lighthouse situated in the Mamba Point neighborhood in the capital. Currently, it is not operational but the national government is looking for resources to restore this lighthouse to resume operations.

• Lofa-Mano National Park. This proposed national park is located in Liberia. Having been proposed in 1979, it covers a total area of 2,300 square kilometers. It was proposed with the aim of protection a section of an unexploited forest located in the north-western area of the country. This area was believed to be the most bountiful in Liberia. It complements the neighboring Gola Forest area in Sierra Leone. These forests are home to various species of endangered birds. It is an important biodiverse site with more than 60 globally endangered species living in it making it a crucial corridor for wildlife.

• Lake Piso. It is situated in the Grand Cape Mount County in Liberia. This saltwater lake has an open link to the Atlantic Ocean. It usually attracts both local and foreign tourists every year who flock this place to see this lake.

• The National Museum. This museum is located in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It was home to the First Executive Mansion in the city which is now being used as a library. It was established by an act of the National parliament in 1958 when Dr William V.S. Tubman, the 18th president of the country, was in power. It is run by the Liberian Ministry of Education and is partly funded by UNESCO. This museum is tasked with the collection, preservation, and display of traditional artifacts and other items of historical significance, which explains the heritage of Liberia.

• Mount Richard-Molard. It is also referred to as Mount Nimba. This mountain range is located in the border between Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Guinea. The highest point stands at 1,752 meters high. It is situated close to Yekepa town in Liberia, N'Zoo and Bossou towns in Guinea. This mountain range is abundant with iron ore and cobalt.

• The Sacred Heart Cathedral. It is situated across Broad Street in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It belongs to the Catholic Church and acts as the capital of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Monrovia. It was established in December 1981 by Pope John Paul II. The activities carried out here adheres to Roman and Latin teachings.

• Waterside Market. This market is located in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. Here, you will be able to buy a variety of goods including shoes, pottery, textiles, and leather goods. It is a very busy market thus expect it to be very crowdy and even noisy. Most of the vendors here are usually friendly and are very open to haggling.

• Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve. It is a protected area located in Liberia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It extends to neighboring countries of Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea. It is part of the Nimba Range which is a unique area comprised of vast flora and fauna including huge numbers of single-site endemic species including horseshoe bats and viviparous toads. Its highest peak is Mount Richard-Molard which stands at a height of 1,752 meters above sea level.

• Providence Island. This small island is located between the capital, Monrovia, and Freeport in Liberia. It is situated at the mouth of the Mesurado River believed to be the area where earliest settlers to Liberia lived between 1820 and 1822.


Explore

Liberia is one of the countries located in West Africa. There are many attraction sites here in Liberia including Mount Wuteve, Lake Piso, and Providence Island which you can visit and make memories of your stay here in the country. You can also visit the Sapo National Park to see and appreciate the amazing wildlife Liberia has to offer. At the National Museum of Liberia, you will be able to learn about the history and culture of Liberia and its people.


City Parks

• Liberia Park. This public park is located in Liberia. You will be able to relax and enjoy the calm atmosphere and amazing shade found here. There are several benches here which you can sit on. The amenities found in this park include a playground, a picnic table, barbecues facilities, and a splash pad. It is usually open all through the week from 7 am to 6 pm.


National Parks

• Sapo National Park. This national park is located in Sinoe County, Liberia. It is the largest protected area of rainforest in the country. It is the pioneer national park in Liberia and is home to the second-largest area of primary tropical rainforest in West Africa. There are a number of activities which are not allowed in this park and they are agriculture, fishing, hunting, cutting down of trees, human settlement and construction. This park is home to about 125 mammal species and 590 bird species. Several endangered species can also be found here including Gola malimbe, white-breasted guineafowl, the African golden cat, the white-necked rockfowl, and the Liberian mongoose. Other animals that are found here include African fish eagle, great blue turaco, leopards, crocodiles, three pangolin species, giant forest hog, rollers, hornbills, seven monkey species, egrets, speckle-throated otter, bee-eaters, African civet, sunbirds, water chevrotain, kingfishers, and the grey parrot.


Beaches

There are a number of beaches in Liberia. One of the beaches here in the country is the Elwa beach. This clean beach is located inside a compound where there is a safe swimming area that is even marked. Many locals usually come here during the weekends. The downside of this beach is that it doesn’t have any facilities. Another beach found here in the country is the Thinkers beach. Here, you will find several food and drink shops. Be advised that the waves at this beach are rough sometimes thus, it is not safe to walk far out into the beach. Another beach located here in the country is the CE beach. It is located close to Hotel Africa and is fitted with palm umbrellas, a food and drinks bar, and a well-protected swimming area. Another beach is Bernard's Beach which is located in the capital, Monrovia. Here, you will be able to enjoy the sun, sandy beach, and even engage in swimming in the ocean.


Landmarks

• ST. John Falls. This waterfall is located in Liberia. It is located along St. John River which is located at the border between Liberia and Guinea. It measures between 25 to 30 meters in height. There is a gneiss block here which divides this fall into two sections with the eastern part being smaller than the western part.


Museums

• The National Museum. This museum is located in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It was home to the First Executive Mansion in the city which is now being used as a library. It was established by an act of the National parliament in 1958 when Dr William V.S. Tubman, the 18th president of the country, was in power. It is run by the Liberian Ministry of Education and is partly funded by UNESCO. This museum is tasked with the collection, preservation, and display of traditional artifacts and other items of historical significance, which explains the heritage of Liberia. It has three floors where the ground floor houses the histographical gallery. It comprises of the presidential documents, confidential papers, and memoirs of past important executives of the Liberian government. You will also find pictures and cartographical materials related to its culture. You will also find the first flag of Liberia which dates back to 1847. On the first floor, you will find the Ethnographical Gallery while on the top floor, you will find the arts gallery illustrating the art pieces of local artists. These art pieces are the fruits of a contract between the museum and art institutions all over the country where artists were commissioned to produce art pieces to be used in the museum.


Eat

The local food here in Liberia is usually delicious and amazingly very affordable. Some of the local delicacies found here include cassava leaf, jollof's rice, chock rice, palm butter, and potato greens. You can expect to spend between 2 to 3 USD when you compliment it with a soda. The portions offered are usually generous. Other traditional delicacies found here include fufu, which is usually fermented dough that is made from the cassava plant served with either pepper soup or goat soup and fish which is either fried or roasted. There are also various fruits and snacks that are sold in the streets of various cities in Liberia which include fried plantain chips, peanuts, roasted ears of corn or plantains, corn bread, mangoes, and bananas. As it is in their culture, most of these dishes are usually spicy especially the stew dishes.


Drink

Here in Liberia, some of the drinks preferred by the locals here include soda, Heineken beer, Club beer, and Tsingtao beer. You will also find local gin here but you are advised to consume it with caution as it has high alcoholic level. When you go to the countryside, you will be able to find the local palm wine. It is usually sweet but tends to ferment as days go by making it stronger and bitter. It can be equated to a light beer. You will also find bagged water being sold in various streets in the country although most of it is believed not to be safe for drinking. You are therefore advised to buy bottled water for drinking which is usually sold in supermarkets, restaurants, and Total gas stations in the country.


Tap-water

The quality of the tap water in Liberia is poor. It is believed that only 25 percent of the country’s population can access clean water. This percentage is way below the accepted coverage. You are therefore advised to purchase bottled water for drinking. You can only drink faucet water in Liberia after boiling it or after mixing it with water purification tablets.


Activities

Liberia is one of the countries located in West Africa. There are many attraction sites here in Liberia including Mount Wuteve, Lake Piso, and Providence Island which you can visit and make memories of your stay here in the country. You can also visit the Sapo National Park to see and appreciate the amazing wildlife Liberia has to offer. At the National Museum of Liberia, you will be able to learn about the history and culture of Liberia and its people.


Accommodation

• Hospedaje Zardy. This accommodation facility is located Liberia. The rooms here are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Guests will also get to enjoy a à la carte breakfast that is offered here every morning. Popular points of interest located nearby are the Edgardo Baltodano Stadium and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport which is located 12 kilometers from this property.

• Casa Rural Aroma de Campo. It is located in Liberia. It is located in the countryside close to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here are a garden, a terrace, a kitchen, and several on-site natural springs. The rooms here are equipped with a fan, a wardrobe, a mosquito net, and a personal bathroom fitted with a shower and a toilet. Guests will get to enjoy local, Belgian, and Costa Rican dishes that are served here including daily breakfast that is offered here every day. Some of the activities that can be carried out here include swimming, cycling, and hiking. The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport is located 30 kilometers from this property.


Green Hotels

• Hotel Boyeros. This hotel is located in Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden, a swimming pool, a restaurant, an on-site bar, and free private parking. The rooms here are equipped with a TV, a work desk, and a personal bathroom fitted with a shower. The management here has fitted solar panels which provides electricity that is used to power several appliances here. The management has also installed modernized waste collection systems to handle all the waste that is produced here. Guests will get to enjoy 24-hour front desk services here. Popular points of interest located nearby include Plaza Santa Rosa shopping mall, the Guanacaste Museum, the Liberia Municipal Market, the Daniel Oduber International Airport, and the Playa Hermosa which is located 32 kilometers from this property.

• Best Western El Sitio Hotel. This hotel is situated in Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, a casino, a restaurant, a bar, conferencing facilities, and several tennis courts. The rooms here are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen cable TV, a shared lounge area, a safe, ironing facilities, and a personal bathroom fitted with free toiletries. Food is usually served at the restaurant here from 6 am to 10 pm daily and they usually constitute local and international cuisines. Popular points of interest located nearby are Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport which is located 13 kilometers away and the Bahía Panamá Bay which is located 14 kilometers from this property.

• Hotel Santa Ana Liberia Airport. This hotel is located in Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a terrace, a restaurant, and free ample parking. The rooms here are equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, a patio, and a personal bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries. The management here has installed adequate waste collection facilities to handle all the waste that is produced here. Popular points of interest located nearby include Sabanero Museum, Liberia Bus Station, Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia Main Square which is located 7 kilometers away, and the Liberia Central Church which is located 7.5 kilometers from this property.


Hostels and Guest Houses

• Hostel Pura Vida. This hostel is situated in Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi and free private parking. The rooms here are equipped with a TV. Guests will get to enjoy coffee that is offered at the shared kitchen here. Luggage storage facilities are also available here. Popular points of interest located nearby include Playa Hermosa, Coco beach, Panama beach, and the Daniel Oduber International Airport which is located 12 kilometers from this property.

• Cabinas Bachelor. This guest house is located in Guayabos, Liberia. Amenities that guests will et to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a garden, a terrace, barbecues facilities, and paid private parking. The rooms here are fitted with a shared kitchen area. Guests will get to enjoy 24-hour reception services offered here. The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport is located 36 kilometers from this property.

• Hostel Dodero. This hostel is located in Guanacaste, Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include free Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, and a terrace. The rooms here are equipped with a shred lounge area, and a shared bathroom fitted with a shower. Tour desk and ticket services are offered here by the management. Guests will get to enjoy a à la carte breakfast that is offered here every morning. Activities that you can engage in here include cycling and board games such as playing darts. The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport is located 12 kilometers from this property. Airport shuttle services are offered here at an extra charge.


Apartments

• Coco Beach. Ocean. This apartment building is located in Liberia. Amenities that guests will get to enjoy here include a garden and a terrace. The units here are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a living room, a furnished kitchen, and a personal bathroom fitted with a hot tub. Popular points of interest located nearby include Edgardo Baltodano Stadium which is located 2.1 kilometers away and the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport which is located 13 kilometers from this property.


Couchsurfing

The locals here in Liberia, in an effort to boost the tourism sector, have welcomed the idea of accommodating visitors in their homes. Couch surfing here in Liberia has become very popular as the years have gone by. You will need to enroll in a legit website offering couch surfing services in Liberia where you will link up with a potential host.


Camping

Camping here in Liberia has not really picked up but measures have been put in place to revive this sector in the tourism industry. Investors are being brought in to invest in this field to boost its growth and popularity amongst tourists in Liberia.


Regions

There are a total of 15 regions in Liberia which are:

o Bomi

o Bong

o Gbarpolu

o Grand Bassa

o Grand Cape Mount

o Grand Gedeh

o Grand Kru

o Lofa

o Margibi

o Maryland

o Montserrado

o Nimba

o Rivercess

o River Gee

o Sinoe


Cities

• Harper. It is situated in the southeastern area of Liberia. Initially, it was the headquarters of Maryland. Here, you will find amazing beaches and beach houses. However, these houses have not been serviced for a long time but it is fun to enjoy the history of the glory that existed here.

• Robertsport. This is a coastal city located in Liberia. Since it is close to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, it is popular among tourists who visit the country. Here, you will find a holiday lodge and a beautiful campsite. You can also engage in various sports activities in the ocean such as swimming and surfing.

• Buchanan. It is also a coastal city found here in Liberia. Here, you will find the second-largest port in the country. It was used by Arcelor Mittal in the exportation of iron ores from mines located in Yekepa.


Getting There and Moving Around

You can access Liberia by air, by road, and by sea. By air, you can access the country through Roberts International Airport which is sometimes referred to as Monrovia International Airport. There is also the Spriggs Payne Airport which usually serves several international flights seasonally. The most common airline that is usually served by this airport is the Asky Airlines which operates between Monrovia, Liberia and Accra, Ghana. You can also fly into Liberia by helicopter but you will need permission from Liberia Civil Aviation Authority. You can access Liberia by road from Sierra Leone through the Bo border point. The road network here has been paved by both countries. However, as you get more into Liberia, you will find some roads which are poor and tends to be hard to drive through during rainy seasons. You are advised to use 4x4 vehicles to traverse these roads during the rainy season. Be advised that gas here in Liberia is sold in US gallons and not in liters. You can access Liberia by boat through the St. Paul River to Robertport. Plans are underway to make other towns close to this river to be accessible.

The best option to use to move around Liberia is by taxi. This is especially when you are in the capital, Monrovia. The taxis here usually pick up several passengers who are going to the same destination thus, they are crowded sometimes. You are advised to inquire from people you trust concerning the most reliable taxi drivers as there have been cases of people being robbed in taxis. You can also choose to hire a taxi to your destination and pay for you own personal transport. There are also other taxis that operate between Monrovia and other destinations in the country. they are usually stationed at Douala Station located in the northern suburb of the city. They are Nissan station wagons which are usually yellow in color. They carry up to 10 passengers and only leave after they are full.


Air

• Roberts International Airport. It is sometimes referred to as Monrovia International Airport. It is situated at Robertsfield, approximately 60 kilometers from Monrovia.


Bus

Currently, there are no long-distance buses for tourists in Liberia. The buses in the country usually operate within the country’s borders connecting cities such as Gbarnga, Robertsport, Buchanan, Kakata, and Tubmanburg. These buses are managed by the National Transit Authority (NTA) with its headquarters located in Gardnerville. There are several tourist coaches that can be arranged for chartered express. There are also several private bus companies which operate in Monrovia such as the Lizard bus company.


Train

There is only a single railway track in Liberia, which was initially owned by a mine. It is mostly used by tourists and usually travels to the Bong mines.


Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking is one of the easiest practices here in Liberia as many of the motorists here are usually kind-hearted. You will get a chance to interact with the locals and even learn some few aspects of the local culture here in the country. you might even make a few friends here where you may even keep the friendship going even after going back to your country.


Others

You can access Liberia by boat through the St. Paul River to Robertport. Plans are underway to make other towns close to this river to be accessible.


Sustainable Shopping

Liberty. This company is situated in the capital Monrovia. In an effort to make sustainable shopping a reality in the country, Liberty has embraced several measures in its operations including employing a total of 32 local women and even pays them reasonable wages. They even enjoy health care insurance and they are also gifted with a bag of rice as an incentive every month. This company has also installed air conditioning in an effort to improve the working conditions of workers here in the factory. This company has been acknowledged by Transfair USA as one of the companies supporting sustainable shopping in the country and even the region. It had classified this company based on the merit of working hours, wages given to workers, health, safety, and if there are any incidences of child or forced labor. The entire cloth production process is assessed by Transfair USA. The company sources its cotton from Mali and Burkina Faso then takes it to Morocco for spinning, thus proving how the company promotes the economy of the region.


Recycling

The national government of Liberia has been putting in effort to try and acquire advanced and efficient waste recycling technologies which will be able to recycle most of the waste here in the country. Tight budgets and lack of resources have been some of the major set backs in handling of waste in the country. Several international organizations including the United Nations, have come in to contribute funds and other resources in an effort to try and boost the waste recycling sector in the country.


Waste

Waste has been a menace in Liberia for many years now. The country is one of the least developed in the world thus it is faced with many barriers in managing waste in the country. The amount of waste that is being produced in the country supersedes the measures put in place to handle it leading to illegal accumulation of waste which in the end pose both a risk to people’s health and also pollutes the environment. Some of the barriers Liberia faces in handling waste include:

o Inadequate resources

o Poor quality infrastructure

o Poor working conditions

o Lack of policies

This has in turn caused the prolonged waste scourge in the country which has now led to the deterioration of sanitation in the country. As majority of the population is faced with a shortage of clean water but the amount of waste keeps on increasing, this results in many people falling sick and even dying due to diseases related to poor sanitation conditions.


Work and Study Abroad

Liberia is one of the countries located in West Africa. It is among the least developed countries in the world. Expatriates and investors are beginning to come into the country to revive businesses that existed in the country before the civil war that broke out here. Despite all these, Liberia is believed to have the potential to become one of the best economic hubs in Africa. This has prompted investors to start streaming into the country to boost already existing businesses or to introduce new ones. The United Nations has also set up several offices in the country to coordinate its operations in the region. Some of the UN entities found here in Liberia are: o (UNOPS)

o United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

o Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)

o (UNAIDS)

o United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

o World Health Organization (WHO)

o United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

o International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Exchange Student

• The University of Liberia (UL). This is a public university situated in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It was commissioned as the Liberia College in 1862. It has four campuses which are Capitol Hill Campus located in Monrovia, the capital; the Medical School Campus located in Congo Town; the Straz-Sinje Campus located in Sinje Grand Cape Mount County; and Fendell campus located in Louisiana. It is among the pioneer universities in the region. It is accredited by the Liberian Commission on Higher Education. Some of the notable alumni of this university include Joseph James Cheeseman and Arthur Barclay, two of the country’s former presidents, and Joseph Boakai, one of the vice presidents of the country.

• The African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU). This is a private university that is situated along Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. It is the second largest university in the country believed to have a student population of more than 5,000. It was founded in 1995 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1996, it was chartered by the Liberian parliament.

• Cuttington University. This private university is located in Suacoco, Liberia. It was established in 1889 as Cuttington College by Episcopal Church of the United States. It is believed to be the first private, four-year, degree-granting university in sub-Saharan Africa. It offers degrees in liberal arts among other technical courses. Several leaders of the country and the region obtained their education from this university.


Au Pair

Many job seekers here in Liberia have opted to seek nanny jobs from the high-end citizens in the country. They usually prefer to have a younger relative from the rural areas or locals for this job. You are advised to try and apply for nanny jobs here in Liberia. Some of these job seekers have gone an extra mile to acquire skills that may favor them in the job market. Some have even gone ahead to apply for nanny jobs from countries in the west. This provides foreigners with an opportunity to apply for these jobs left by those who seek greener pastures from the western countries.


Volunteering

There are many volunteering opportunities in Liberia. Some of them include:

• Women-Concern Liberia. This is a charitable organization aimed at promoting gender equality, protecting the health and sexual rights of women and girls, and also empowering women in Liberia.

• Echoes Of His Coming Evangelistical Ministries. This is a non-profit religious center in Liberia. It is aimed at improving the various sectors of the community here in Liberia such as health, education, agriculture, environment, and sports. It is also aimed at empowering women in the country.


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