- Search Results
 
 
‘Women Historically Discriminated Against In Our Society’ - Cassel
Date Uploaded: Jul 14, 2016

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.
LINA DMW/TSS/PTK

latest headlines
Liberia’s Postal Administration Owes US$6.4m - Report
The debt burden of Liberia’s postal administration stands at US$ 6,491,631.73 million, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MoPT) has ...more
ECOWAS Launches Program To Combat Fistula In Sub-region
The Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender of the ECOWAS Gender Development Center (EGDC) has launched an ambitious program to combat obstetr ...more
‘Liberia-Cameroon Ties At New Height’ - Shoniyin
Deputy Foreign Minister B. Elias Shoniyin says since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Liberia and Cameroon in the 1960s, ties be ...more
ECOWAS Prexy Urges Member States To Ensure Wellbeing Of Citizens
The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel Alain de Souza, has challenged ECOWAS members states to redouble their efforts towards the enhance ...more
AFC Pledges Support To ECOWAS Commission
The Chairman of the Twenty- First Meeting of the Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) of ECOWAS, Mr. Benedict Roberts, has pledged the Comm ...more
FM Kamara Opines 54th Anniversary Of Africa Day ‘Important Milestone’
Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara has said the observance of the 54th anniversary of “Africa Day” was an “important milestone” which the con ...more
 
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency