Liberia: Women need financial backing to stay in politics, Says VP Taylor

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Liberia: Women need financial backing to stay in politics, Says VP Taylor

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At a seminar on the way forward for an enforceable gender quota and strategies for implementing Elections Law 4.5 b and c, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor stressed that without a good financial backing, women will find it difficult to remain in politics.

“There’s an important lack of additional financial resources to fully capacitate female politicians and I’m not talking about getting us on the radio, I am talking about money to campaign on the ground; because we can deliver our goods on the ground and not about thirty T-shirts alone,” the Vice President said.

The seminar which took place on Monday was held at Cape Hotel in Mamba Point.

VP Taylor urged women who are desirous of venturing into politics to continue to engage the relevant authorities in making sure that the voices of women in politics are heard.

“We need to have our voices loud; we need to be clear about what our platforms are and we need to be able to pay a visit to the women,” VP Taylor advised.

She also called on all women in Liberia to put aside their differences with each other and elect women into the office so that there can be an appreciable representation of women in public offices.

“I’m going to take off the hat as Vice President and put on my feminist hat to say this: that we must look beyond borders and elect women into offices or else the time will come when no one will have space at the table because it will be occupied predominantly by men,” she stressed.

Click here to read the full article published by CNN on 3 March 2020.

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