Centre Himanterian Dialogue, Partners Trains Influencers, CSOs on Responsible Social Media to Promote Peace

Sinkor, Monrovia- As part of efforts to reinforce youth declaration for peace through the use of responsible social media to promote social cohesion and community dialogue in Liberia, the Centre Humanitarian Dialogue in collaboration with its partners has ended a two-day capacity-building workshop with Civil Societies Organization (CSOs) Media, including bloggers, influencers among others in the country.  

The participants were shown how to monitor social media agreements, and early warning and response systems. It also highlighted current looming threats to peace and stability in Liberia, and what can be done to mitigate those threats. 

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Josephine Nkrumah, ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia admonished every Liberian, CSOs, and the media to be cautious of what they put on the social media for public consumption. 

Madam Nkrumah Ms Nkrumah wants influencers, Bloggers and the media to discourage fake information to promote peace. 

She said, “Peace does not just happen it must be intentional and it must be deliberate because youths should know what they are putting to the public because there are people following them and their various contents should be factual “.

She also stressed the need to protect women as part of an effort to encourage women’s political participation.  

“I want to use this medium to urge you that when it comes to women candidates be extra careful and extra vigilant of what you put out there and hear and experience from other Countries must be a 

the learning curve for us because we saw what happened in other neighbouring Countries”. 

Also speaking Mr Emmanuel Bawoh, Project Manager of the Centre Humanitarian Dialogue reminded the participants that it is the responsibility of every Liberian to build confidence in NEC as part of a process leading to a piece elections. 

Mr Bawoh said HD will continue to work to ensure peaceful elections in the country. 

For their part, participants at the training lauded HD for the training. They commit to work in collaboration with the institutions to preach peace messages and discourage the use of misinformation, disinformation and hate speeches among others.

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