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Gender Official Vouches For Post-Ellen Platform
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Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Meima Karneh

 

Gender Official Vouches For Post-Ellen Platform

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, April 25 (LINA) – An Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is calling for the setting up of a platform for the post-Ellen era in the political governance of Liberia.

Meima Karneh, assistant minister for policy and research, said when set up the platform will not only showcase the achievements and legacy of President Ellen

Johnson Sirleaf, but also make women visible in the political governance of the country.

She made the call when she represented Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell at the start of a three-day workshop that seeks to set the stage for the Feminist Agenda in the country.

The workshop is being conducted by the Liberian-owned “Community Healthcare” with funding from Urgent Action Fund Africa, a women’s human rights organization.

It brings together feminists, women rights advocates and female aspirants in the 2017 elections as well as representatives of some female focus groups.

The Assistant Gender Minister emphasized that to succeed in making the voices of women continuously heard, those in politics must also associate with political parties.

She said to change the political space, consolidate the gains of women in the country, they must include potential young women into politics.

“Political governance is where decisions are made; so we need to get into the political space seriously and one of the ways to do that is to join political parties as a way of sustaining the gains we have made,” she stressed.

Kanneh described number as one that is cardinal in having a person elected in the democratic setting, urging women to populate the political space to get the needed numbers.

In remarks, the Executive Director of Community Healthcare, Naomi Tulay-Solanke, said the workshop seeks to bring to government’s attention issues affecting women, people with disability, marginalized groups, and those in communities that are not inclusive.

She revealed that issues identified at the end of the workshop will be forwarded to the next leadership of the country for consideration and or implementation.

 

The Community Healthcare Executive Director then hailed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for ably representing Liberian women and women across the world as Liberia and Africa’s first female president and for setting the stage for the promotion of women agenda.

She has, meanwhile, described the Feminist Agenda Setting as a space in which every person is respected and allowed to make decisions of their own and not society prevailing on them or deciding for them.

The occasion which is the first of its kind in the country disregards sexuality, gender, culture, age, color but shows equal respect for everyone, no matter who they are.

Several topics, including locating women and exploring their context, transitional justice, women political participation and elections, rethinking and strategizing on new steps, were discussed.

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