President Sirleaf meets Women from Finland

Tuesday, 23rd January 2007
 Finnish delegation of fifteen professional women discuss with President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Finnish delegation of fifteen professional women discuss with President Sirleaf at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
Photo Credit: Adama B. Thompson/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pledged Governmentís commitment to constitutional reforms geared towards protecting the welfare of women. The President also promised governmentís determination to improve the working conditions of all Liberians, particularly market women.

President Johnson Sirleaf was speaking Monday at the Foreign Ministry when she hosted a delegation consisting of 16 professional women from Finland. The President briefed the delegation about the modest progress government has made as well as challenges encountered in the nationís drive towards national reconstruction and renewal. The President said a major challenge for her government is ensuring that young girls get in school.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Hon. Marjatta Rasi, Finnish Under-Secretary of State for Development Affairs, congratulated President Johnson Sirleaf and praised the President for her leadership. She expressed her delegationís pleasure that the atmosphere in Liberia has changed for the better. Madam Rasi emphasized that her delegation represents a broad spectrum of the Finnish society.

Also present in the meeting were Justice Minister Frances Johnson-Morris, Finance Minister Antoinette Sayeh, Youth and Sports Minister Jamesetta Wolokollie, Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor and Commerce Minister Olubanke King-Akerele.