Those thinking that the exit of feminist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the presidency of Liberia and in Africa has diminished the fervor of gender advocacy in the country and on the continent must have a rethink of that proposition. The rise of Madam Jewel Howard Taylor to the country’s vice presidency appears to keep the flames burning if it is not adding more fuel to the feminist combustion. In both Liberia and the entire African Continent, the Liberian Vice President has been drumming up the gender equality and women protection crusade at the peak, making speeches here and there and pushing legislations and protocols from one country to another. The Liberian Second in Command was at her best yet again last week speaking in Geneva, Switzerland where she rallied her audience to push harder and substantively in increasing women political participation that is underpinned by what she called “Women Political Fund” to address challenges that keep most women away from seeking political power. The Analyst reports.
Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor has been giving her perspective on women’s leadership in Africa with a call on African women to recognize their power as manifested in their numbers.
She highlighted the global statistics which suggests that by 2030, Africa will have a population of 2 billion people, 50% of which will be women, representing the largest group of females in the world.
The Liberian first female Vice President, who is also the President of the Liberian Senate, spoke recently when she served as Guest of Honor at the 30th Annual Session of the Crans Montana Forum held in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 26 to 29, 2019.
At the session of the African Women’s Forum, Madam Howard-Taylor According to a dispatch, shared thoughts on the theme “Women’s Leadership in Africa: an Inspiring Evolution for a Global Change “.
VP Howard-Taylor furthered that women must endure, embrace education, mentor younger women, fight against isolation, and join political parties in order to contribute to the national and international discourse.
She proffered that women are multi-tasking, and should therefore build a “Critical Mass” to engender the change they want to see.
VP Howard-Taylor recommended the establishment of the “Women Political Fund” for the purpose of supporting women in electioneering and development processes.
The Liberia female advocate shared the platform with Mrs. Haja Conde Djene Kaba, First Lady of the Republic of Guinea, Mrs. Asmaa Dyani, Director, Phosboucraa Foundation, Morocco, and Mr. Alan Doss, President, Kofi Annan Foundation.
Mr. Doss has a historic relationship with Liberia, where he served as Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations and Head of the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMIL) which provided security and political support for the 2005 national democratic elections in Liberia, ushering in more than a decade of peace and stability.