Associate Supreme Court Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie
Women Nudged To Make Equality Fight Personal
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, March 8 (LINA) - Associate Supreme Court Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie has said equality is a personal fight that involves women, and challenged Liberian women to view it as such since it involves their wellbeing and future.
She said women must not just sit and pass the task over to men to pull them up from their current state.
Justice Wolokollie made the statement Saturday at a program marking the observance of the International Women’s Day at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
Speaking on the Theme “Mentoring for Transformation”, she indicated that the idea of the wellbeing of women and their children being linked to the success of men must be disabused.
“Only if our women, who spend all the time in church praying to God to send them a husband to improve their lives, could spend half of this time going to school fighting to achieve higher education, great transformation would come to our country,” the lawyer said.
Justice Wolokollie said for women to strive for advancement, it must first begin with their will and desire to first “pull themselves up”, noting that no one can better help them advance than themselves.”
She, however, told Liberian women that as long as they remain sitting and doubting, their ability to work alongside their male counterparts, and also relying on men to provide the impetus for their full participation, their progress and the future of Liberia will remain dim.
Meanwhile, Justice Wolokollie has said this year’s theme also makes a strong case for male partners to see and realize how an equal partnership with their female counterparts can ensure success, not only in family life, but in all aspects of the society.
She said there are many stories of progress made nationally, globally and in the lives of families when male and female partners work together in pursuing set goals.