President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has inducted into office the Women Legislative Caucus of the 53rd National Legislature of Liberia and challenged members of the body to advocate and advance more women participation in the governance of the country.
“I challenge you to advocate more women participation in our governance processes. In you [women] of this country, we see a symbol of hope, President Sirleaf in a remark following induction of the leadership of the Women Legislative Caucus at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.
She also urged members of the caucus to help mentor and educate younger women in the country, particularly less fortunate young girls and women in rural communities to give them voice and enable them to participate in national decision-making processes.
The President further challenged members of the caucus to introduce more bills that seek to promote and advance gender equality in all spheres of life.
She, however, noted that the struggle to achieve gender equality, voice, visibility and participation for women still has a long way to go.
She stressed that Liberia’s democratization process will not be complete without more participation of women who make bulk of the population.
The just inducted leadership of the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia is chairs by Bong Senator Jewel Howard Taylor who took over from Montserrado County Representative Josephine Francis.
Senator Taylor vowed that the caucus will work with partners, policy makers and key stakeholders to increase women participation political decision-making at all levels of society.
Senator Taylor, now named Chief Taylor, underscored the need that government policies and programs are gender sensitive.
She said the Caucus, as a “political action committee”, the group will work and advocate for women participation in political positions in government.
She vowed that her leadership will particularly work to increase the number of women in the legislature from the current 11 to an considerable number.
She complained that most of the caucuses of the legislature are male dominated, noting that there is a need to include women participation such caucuses.
Senator Taylor, who was recently re- elected for a second 9-year term in the December 2014 special senatorial elections, decried that the number of women representation in the National Legislature has sharply declined to only 11 out of 103 legislators.