Vice President Boakai Hails The Women of Foya

Wednesday, 14th April 2010

Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has hailed the women of Foya for their cooperative spirit and hard work.

He said he was proud of the women of Foya because they have been strong pillars for their husbands and in bringing up children.

“Foya women, like other women in Liberia, suffered most during the war,and their resilience deserves commendation” he added.

Vice President Boakai made the commendation on Sunday, April 11, when he installed officials of the Rural Women of Foya District. The colorful ceremony held at the Foya Town Hall, was graced by several personalities of the district, including the District Commissioner William Kamba, Paramount Chief Momo Taylor and Deputy Lands, Mines and Energy Minister Fayia Kpandei.

The Liberian Vice President called for unity among the women of the district so that they can speak with one voice and serve as reference point for any assistance intended for the women of the district.

Vice President Boakai observed that all over the world, people want to help women because of what they go through in times of crises, noting, “If helped, they help their children their husbands and the nation”.

He however said one of the problems government has is who to deal with, and expressed the hope that the organization will be a true representation of the women of the three clans of Foya District-Tengia, Ruankorlie and Wuam. “Don’t bring your individual problems into the organization,” he warned the officials.

Vice President Boakai assured the women that the Unity Party-led Government was committed to empowering women at all levels in all parts of the country, and cited the micro-loan program initiated by the U.S based Foundation for Women, which is helping women in all parts of the country, including Foya District, with micro-loans to get involved in business.

In her inaugural address, the President of the organization, Cecilia T. Hallie, assured the government of their willingness to work with the District commissioner and other officials for the development of the district.

The women, including the 60 women who recently benefitted from micro-loans given by the Foundation for Women, honored and gowned the Vice President for seeking the welfare of women at all levels of society, and pledged to work hard to prop him up at all times.