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Involve more women in Africas governance- Prez Sirleaf

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President Sirleaf at the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa
President Sirleaf at the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa

(elbcradio.com/June 15, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is urging African Governments to allow greater reforms to improve women’s involvement at all levels of governance.

President Johnson-Sirleaf said more women’s involvement in politics, peace and security would ensure the continent’s economic advancement.
The Liberian Leader spoke recently on the fringes of the 25th African Union Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

She addressed her audience on the theme, “Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 from the viewpoint of West Africa.”

The President described women as the “driving force” behind West Africa’s food and nutrition and as such, they must be given the tools.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also said: “Technology, financing and land resources will advance women’s capacities to move away from subsistence farming to value-added production.”

She is also urging nations to improve their literacy program for women to access opportunities that will advance their work in agriculture.

Meanwhile, African Union (AU) Chairman and Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has challenged Africa to take women’s empowerment and development issue seriously.

President Mugabe said it was time that women of Africa be given the rightful place in all aspects of Africa’s governance.

He made specific reference to President Johnson-Sirleaf and other prominent African women, describing them as “trail-blazers.”

 


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