This paper discusses Liberian women’s access to formal political influence and representation in the bicameral legislature. Even if women are visible and powerful in Liberian politics, their participation is dependent on government appointments rather than the will of the voters. Current political, economic, social, cultural and religious constraints within both formal and informal public and private spheres make it challenging for women to receive the necessary support to become viable candidates for positions in the bicameral legislature, as well as other levels of governance. Given the slow speed at which the number of women in Liberian politics – especially in elected offices – is growing, there are ever increasing calls for more efficient methods of inclusion to ensure a gender balance in political institutions.
(We invite our readers to read the full article published March 4, 2013 by Consultancy Africa Intelligence)