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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaRepresentative Mariamah Fofana of Lofa County has disclosed in Monrovia that a recent Civil Society Women (CSW) conference held in New York, the United States brought together about 52 women from across the globe to speak on women’s rights in society.

Speaking on Truth FM 96.1 morning magazine, Truth Breakfast Show on Monday, 6 April she said during the conference, the CSW women realized that women have been talking to themselves all along, and now they should be bold enough to stand for their rights as men have done.

Representative Fofana, who is Secretary General of the Legislative Caucus of Liberia, said women have been abused in many ways and their properties are being taken from them when they lose their husbands, which need to stop.

She noted that most of the women, who attended the Civil Society Women Conference, are like ordinary Liberian women.

When asked whether she foresees another female President in Liberia after Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Representative Fofana said, giving the level of changes President Sirleaf has brought to the Country, she foresees a female President succeeding her in the future.

She also added that cultural practices have held most Liberian women down, not getting the help need to go to school. “The educated women should not be compared to the cultural women”, she said.

On the Ebola Virus, She noted that the people of Lofa County are working with the international community to fight the deadly virus. 

The lawmaker said the health system in Lofa is the same as everywhere in Liberia, but the people of Lofa are taking precautionary measures and still mobilizing against the disease.

On the question of legislating Christianity as a State religion,  Rep. Fofana said  if Liberia had been a Christian  State in the past, it should remain that way, adding “it is not broken; please do not break it.”

By Rewina Juduh

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