Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia says the International Colloquium for Women's Empowerment which opens in Monrovia on March 7 is an "opportunity to showcase" what is happening under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.">

"Colloquium an Opportunity to Showcase Achievements in Johnson Sirleaf Administration"--Vice President Boakai

Friday, 6th March 2009
Monrovia, Liberia - The Vice President of Liberia  says the International Colloquium for Women's Empowerment which opens in Monrovia on March 7 is an "opportunity to showcase" what is happening  under the leadership of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female head of state.

He said the international forum also affords an opportunity for people to assess Liberia's outstanding needs.

Speaking on March 6 in an interview with the Diana Kutlow, Senior Program Officer of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego in California, U.S.A, Vice President Boakai said the Colloquium also provides an opportunity to see the plight of people who experienced more than 14 years of conflict.

He paid homage to Liberian women who, he said, play a major role in society. He said Liberian women bring up children and sustain the household, noting, "Their involvement in the development process brings about wholesome development." He also outlined the important role women play in agriculture, adding, "Most of the work is shared between men and women."

He observed that women are more involved in agriculture now because a lot of them became family heads following the death of their husbands during the war.

Vice President Boakai told Ms. Kutlow that Liberian men, under the leadership of President Johnson Sirleaf, have successfully collaborated with women in ushering the country out of the doldrums of civil conflict.

He said he still cherishes fond memories of his visit to San Diego in 2007 as guest of the Foundation for Women, during which he attended several Rotary Club meetings. The Liberian Vice President commended Deborah Lindholm, Founder of the Foundation for Women for empowering Liberian women to play a more crucial role in society.