President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Calls For Women Empowerment Must Go Beyond Rhetoric- Sirleaf
MONROVIA, March 9 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said global calls for women empowerment and equality must go beyond rhetoric.
The Liberian leader said the world must set goals that are realistic and achievable, coupled with monitoring and evaluation systems that motivate countries to action.
She argued that statistics from the San Diego Conference is unacceptable, and urged that as the world is currently engaged in negotiating for a Post-2015 Development Agenda the call for women empowerment must face reality.
The San Diego Conference pointed out that the current pace of change has been much too slow, noting that at the current pace it will take 81 years to achieve gender equality in the work place where the highest echelon remains largely male.
The Conference also said it will take 75 years to reach remuneration between men and women for work of equal value and more than 30 years to reach gender balance in decision-making.
According to a dispatch from New York at the weekend, the Liberian leader made the assertion when she addressed the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on the theme: "Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative -2015 Development Agenda."
President Sirleaf recalled the Beijing Conference 20 years ago which brought together world leaders and activists from all walks of life to envision a world where women and girls have equal rights, freedom and opportunity in all spheres of life.
President Sirleaf stressed that since the Beijing Conference, more girls are now educated, in addition to several women holding professional positions, while others have broken the glass ceiling.
She also acknowledged the progress being made by the international community towards strengthening women empowerment and equality, but stressed that such efforts must be sustained at all levels of socio-economic development.