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Advocate greater women leadership input-Prez Sirleaf

( 23, 2015)-President Ellen John
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inducting the Cacus
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf inducting the Cacus

( 23, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has challenged members of the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia to continue advocating greater women participation in political leadership.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “Liberia’s democracy will not be completed unless women who make up majority of the country’s population are fully represented in the mainstream decision-making.”

She admonished the group to make their voices stronger, despite the difficulty and opposition saying: “Gender equality can only be achieved through appropriate legislations.”

“Though Liberia made a significant mark by electing Africa’s first female head of state, the struggle for equal voice and participation of women was still far from reach,” the Liberian Leader also said.

The President made the statement Thursday, February 19, 2015 when she inducted the newly elected leadership of the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia at the National Legislature in Monrovia. “It was time for reflection and recommitment,” she reminded the female lawmakers.

She said it was time for women to talk less and do more by reaching out to street girls, working along with parents and communities to ensuring female children return to school.

The Women Legislative Caucus is an association of female lawmakers, founded in 2006 during the sitting of the 52nd National Legislature. It is aimed at fighting for women’s rights and gender equality. The Women Legislative Caucus’ Chairperson is Bong County Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor.

Senator Taylor admitted the decline of women’s participation in political leadership in Liberia, but urged her colleagues not to focus on the problems confronting them.

She also urged them to rather do those things that would inspire one another in addressing the situation. The Women Legislative Caucus’ Chairperson then reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to achieving the goals of 30% gender equity at all levels in government.

She also reaffirmed their commitment to creating women’s access to finance, and designing programs to inspire the next generation of women leaders.


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