Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassel
‘Women Historically Discriminated Against In Our Society’ - Cassel
By Decontee M. Wesseh, LINA
MONROVIA, July 13 (LINA) - Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassel says women have historically been discriminated against and disadvantaged in every aspect of life in the Liberian society.
She said before 1948, the women of Liberia practically had no say in deciding either the political future or the governance structure of their country, noting, “they only had the opportunity to know if the men went to consult them and not at the discussion table.”
Minister Cassel made the statement Wednesday at the Paynesville City Hall outside Monrovia during the National Women’s Conference hosted by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia, Women NGO Secretariat and the United Nations system and its partners.
Speaking on the topic: “Step It up; Mobilizing to Bridge the Gap for Gender Equality,” Minister Cassel maintained that women were not allowed to participate in political decision-making until in 2005, when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected the first female President of Liberia.
It was then that women started to make decisions concerning their country’s future.
“We saw the appointment of more women to key decision-making positions, including about 33 percent of local government officials, 13 percent of senior and deputy ministers, 14.5 percent in the National Legislature. In the Judiciary women still remain under-represented in key decision-making positions of the country,”
Minister Cassel noted.
She stressed the need for the "formulation of an affirmative action that will see more young women and women of disability in leadership and political roles as lawmakers and administrators, whether in government or civil societies or the private sector.”
Cassel used the occasion to call on women in the country to reunite and stand firm in their fight to ensure that women are given the full opportunity to be equally represented in the decision-making process of Liberia.