Senator Jewel Howard Taylor of Bong County has called for the protection of women’s right in Liberia by implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
She said it is surprising to note that out of 100 seats at the Liberian Legislature on Capitol Hill, women occupy only 11, dominated by 99 male lawmakers.
Speaking at a consultative forum Wednesday in the Capitol Building, Senator Taylor added, “Only 11 women are found in the legislature and out of the 11, only two participate fully in budget hearings.”
She stressed that the issue of women empowerment is crucial to society as it enables women to get on par with their male counterpart socially, politically and economically.
Madam Taylor has however called on the Government of Sweden to support Liberian women, who are engaged in politics thru funding. “If the women get the necessary support needed during elections, there will be more women in the legislature and around the world something, she said will also improve citizens’ livelihood generally.
She cautioned fellow women politicians here that they may not make much impact in 2017, if preparation doesn’t begin now, saying, women would lose the elections and there will be no face of a female President or other positions in the country.
Commenting on the recent “He For She” campaign in Monrovia to encourage males to join their female counterparts in working together for the betterment of the country, she said it’s time for Liberian women to begin active engagement with one another not only during elections, but a continues process to ensure better governance.
At the sometime, Deputy Immigration Commissioner, Asatu Bah Kanneh, said female security officials are facing serious challenges in terms of better salaries and incentives.
Commissioner Kanneh said the issue of access to justice can be successful by revisiting Liberia’s customary law. By Ethel A. Tweh – Editing by Jonathan Browne