Vice President Boakai Reiterates Government's Commitment to Empowering Liberian Women

Monday, 29th October 2007
Monrovia, Liberia - Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has reiterated governmentís commitment to empowering Liberian women.

He disclosed that the U.S based Foundation for Women is to shortly establish a bank in Liberia to assist Liberian market women with loans to start small businesses or strengthen their businesses.

Vice President gave the assurance in Gbarnga at the weekend during a meeting with officials of the Bong County Women Organization. The Liberian Vice President said in line with its commitment to educate the girl child, government was prepared to offer scholarships to deserving students in all parts of the country to advance themselves for service to their country.

He welcomed the establishment of a womenís center in Gbarnga where women can learn various trades like sewing.

In their petition earlier, the women called on government to consider establishing a womenís center in Gbarnga to serve as a training and recreational center to take young girls off the streets.  The center will also provide social services for old aged women who have no one to care for them.

In a statement read by the organizationís Co-Chairman Alice S. Garmo, they  also called on government to provide scholarships for females wishing to undertake higher education.

The women also want government and UNMIL to reinforce security in the county to curtail armed robberies and murders which, they noted, have increased in the county in recent times.  

Meanwhile, Vice President Boakai has assured authorities of the Phebe Hospital of further support in line with governmentís commitment to improve the nationís health sector.

Earlier, the Chief of Medical Staff at the hospital, Dr. Jefferson Sibley, Nursing Services Director Mary Tieh and Training Program Director Helena Nuahn, guided Vice President Boakai on a tour of the hospitalís facilities, including the laboratory and Operating room.

Accompanied by Bong County Superintendent Renny Jackson, Vice President Boakai also visited Cuttington University College in Suacoco, where he dedicated a sub post office, and the UNMIL Bangladeshi Base, before returning to Monrovia the same day.