Female Candidates Encouraged to Compete With Male Counterparts

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Female Candidates Encouraged to Compete With Male Counterparts

Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged female candidates to fill the gap and compete with their male counterparts.

She said the policy can only be implemented if collective efforts are applied in every community and county.

Sirleaf said women must canvass as Jehovah witnesses “moving from door to door making sure that women contest, “It’s time that we gathered and support those women that are here and bring in more women to take over the legislature.”

She spoke when several female candidates gathered at the rotunda at the National Legislature to launch the Liberia policy platform 2017.

The policy was created by Liberian women from across the country and from various social, political and economic backgrounds, who came together at a policy conference in December 2016 which was finalized and endorsed.

The policy identified policy recommendations and issues important to Liberian women and families, including empowering women in the economy, fighting for healthy families, bringing about safer communities an increasing women’s political participation.

Sirleaf said candidates and women must look at the problems and strategize solutions in building a competitive society.

She said “We had a good number of women in 2005, but in the few years there have been gaps and we must all work to implement this policy.”

Click here to read the full article published by Front Page Africa Online in August 2017. 

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