Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard
Liberian Women Off To Rwanda Summit
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, July 1 (LINA) - A Liberian women delegation has left the country for Kigali, Rwanda to attend the Global Forum of Women in Parliament (WIP).
The group, headed by Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor as Ambassador of the Liberian Chapter, includes Senator Geraldine Doe Sheriff, Clarice Alpha Jah and Madam Mallah Gbogar left the country on Monday.
Others include Madam Viola Cooper, Superintendent of the Bong County branch of the Liberia Marketing Association (LMA) and Madam Esther Walker of the Coalition of Political Parties Women.
According to a press release from Senator Taylor’s office, the summit will bring together 150 female parliamentarians and women leaders from around the world to discuss the values of gender equality and female social, economic and political empowerment.
The summit hosted by the Parliament of Rwanda, kicks off on Tuesday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 5.
The release further indicated that while in Rwanda, the women will on Friday, July 4, participate in the official celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide which took place in 1994.
The release noted that the Senator Taylor’s selection as Liberia’s WIP Ambassador is based on her “strong advocacy” for Gender equality, introduction of the Gender Equity Bill and ensuring Gender provisions in the Amended 2014 Elections Laws recently passed by the National Legislature.
The release said it is believed to be the first time in the history of Rwanda that it will open its plenary for a conference of women from around the world.