Vice President Boakai Pays Homage to Liberian Women

Saturday, 22nd September 2007
San Diego, California - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has paid homage to Liberian women who he said bore the brunt of the Liberian conflict and served as bread winners for their families at the height of the war.

"The women in Liberia are the true bread winners; they also set the stage for the peace we now enjoy, because they were the ones who went through the most difficulties during the war," Vice President Boakai noted, adding that even now, women in most homes in Liberia send the children to school, feed the family and pay their medical bills.

"When I look at Mrs. Sirleaf, my President and what she is about ding in the country ..I also conclude that the women usually come to clean the mess that we men create," Vice President noted.

Vice President Boakai made the remarks Friday at the ninth annual "Honoring Women in our lives" luncheon of the Foundation for Women held at the San Diego Women's Club.

The Foundation for Women, a charity dedicated to serving impoverished women locally and globally, funds small loans for women to enable them start a business. The FFW last year extended its activities to Liberia.

Vice President Boakai lauded the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Women, Deborah Lindholm

for extending its micro-credit program to Liberia, saying testimonies he has received indicate that the loans extended Liberian women are "transforming lives and creating wonders".

He said due to the warmth and friendship exhibited by the people of San Diego, he would propose the establishment of Sister-City relations between San Diego and the Liberian capital Monrovia. This was greeted with applause by the more than 300 members of the San Diego Women's Club.

Vice President Boakai later gowned Foundation for Women Founder and Executive Director Lindholm and Mr. Kevin Hughes were in Liberia last year to establish the Micro-credit program in Liberia.

In remarks, California Congresswoman Susan Davis who was part of a U.S Congressional delegation that visited Liberia recently, described Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as "an impressive woman".