As the 2017 Presidential and Representatives Elections gradually draw closer, a Montserrado County Senator has alarmed that the form and manner President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is conducting the affairs of the state narrow the chances of females to get elected.
Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif said President Sirleaf is not doing well when it comes to empowering women and highlighting women’s participation in national government. “I believe lots of doors are closed when it comes to moving up the political ladder for the presidency because we did not see much or a push from her. We did not see that momentum – that interest of women participation,” she said.
Speaking to members of the Legislative Press Pool Tuesday, October 13, 2015 in her Capitol Building office following her return from Accra, Ghana where she attended the International Sheroes Forum 2015, Sen. Sheriff said despite being 168 years, only 12 years was given to a woman to lead. This, she noted, means women, if given the opportunity, will do better than what is happening now.
She indicated that there were great women in Liberia that can do better. “But for people to make choice for a woman’s leadership, it would be very slow; it will be very difficult if not impossible. Women should rise up from where they are for the vice presidency. The performances of the president, especially when it comes to women-related issues, do not bespeak well of our chances for the country’s leadership,” she noted.
She said the women conference, under the theme: Redefining the rules of engagement in gender equality, brought together prominent women around Africa. Commenting further on other national issues, the Montserrado County Lawmaker said if the Congress for Democratic Change wants the presidency, it must execute a serious reform process in its national leadership or the CDC of Senator George Weah will not see the political Promised Land.
Sen. Doe-Sherif – also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Executive, indicated that one factor the CDC should not over look was Benoni Urey’s entry into to the race. According her, both CDC and Urey were hustling in the same electoral belt, suggesting that majority of the partisans of CDC were now gradually heading to Mr. Urey because of economic reasons.
Commenting on the ongoing resignations within the ruling Unity Party, Sherif described those resigning as ungrateful to the party and President Sirleaf. She pointed out that the best option for those who resigned was to stay on board and fix the problems, but leaving now, was very disappointing. “I think they are ungrateful to the party and the president because some of them came to prominence through the support of the president and party,” she said.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor -Edited by George Barpeen