Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reemphasized the need to condemn all forms of violence against women, while frowning on those who compromises such acts.
Speaking Monday during a courtesy call on him at his Capitol Hill office by a joint delegation of the United Nations Women and the British Charity Oxfam, Veep Boakai described women as sources of inspiration and encouragement, adding ” ‘we miss a lot on women when they are excluded from decision making processes of the country and that partnership with women should be encouraged at all levels of society.”
He said the success story of any nation spreads very fast when it is done through women and women organizations. The delegation had come to update him on issues of women empowerment in the sub region, a release from the Office of the Vice President said.
He told the joint delegation that when it comes to women issues his position is clear- empower women for positive change in our society. The vice president lauded the women of Liberia for their resilience during the Ebola crisis, adding, “They could not deny their responsibities as mothers and in the process some of them lost their lives.” He underscored that ‘we as a nation are under obligation to highlight the crucial roles women play in society.”
Earlier, the head of the joint delegation Phumizile Mlambo-Ngeuka, Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women, hailed the Vice President for his support to issues of women in Liberia especially the He for She campaign which he is a staunch supporter.
Dr. Mlambo-Ngeuka who is former Deputy President of South Africa pointed out that Liberia was faring well democratically because the international community is not worried about compromising the constitution as the 2017 presidential elections draws near and that they look up to the Liberian Legislature to pass bills that will open up opportunities for women in Liberia and the rest of the population, a release from the Office of the Vice President concluded.