H.E. Helen Clark (former UNDP Administrator – middle); Cllr. Chesson-Wureh; former Liberian Gender Minister (extreme left); Pink Panthers
The Pink Panthers All Girls Motorcyclist Project is an initiative of the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security intended to economically empower young girls. The origin of the project dates back to February 2015 when officials of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the ABIC conducted a one-day strategic meeting to discuss challenges facing female motorcyclists and how to provide means to address some of these challenges.
As a follow up to the aforementioned meeting, during the visit of H.E. Helen Clarke, then UNDP Administrator to Liberia, she met and interacted with the Pink Panthers and encouraged them to succeed in this male dominated job. She rode with the Pink Panthers as she pledged her support and that of the UNDP to the project. As part of preparatory activities, the Pink Panthers all Girls Motorcycle Club and the Women behind Wheels participated in various capacity building training, including self-defense, bike maintenance, traffic signs, financial management and fundamental human rights among others. These workshops were organized by the ABIC.
With funding from UNDP, eleven motorcycles were purchased and processed including license plates, driver’s license and third-party insurance for eleven Pink Panthers. The project was formally launched in December 2015 by the Vice President of Liberia, Hon. Joseph N. Boakai in the presence of UNDP Country Director, Dr. Kamil Kamaludeen and ABIC Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.