“Work, Be Ready To Take Risk” - President Sirleaf Challenges Liberian Women

Thursday, 8th December 2016

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Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has challenged the women of Liberia to cultivate the habit of hard work and be ready to take risk to earn seats in the National Legislature. She challenged them to fight hard to infiltrate the legislature.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at Bella Casa Hotel in Sinkor when she climaxed a 3-day Revision of Liberia Women’s Manifesto Framework - 2017 aimed at moving what was started in 2005 geared towards advocating for the elections of women at different levels in government.

The Liberian leader used the occasion to inform the women that even though they may not be lucky to win the presidency during the upcoming 2017 elections, she however urged the women to be ready for the political game adding: “We need to work for it in order to earn it,” she told the women. She said their aspirations can only be fulfilled if they all work together to confront those things that are hindering their chances.
“You’ve got to work for it, be ready for it, and you must be ready to take it away from your male opponents,” President Sirleaf noted. She called on members of the Liberian Women Manifesto - 2017 to do everything possible in order to expand their consultations particularly with rural women and those in the various communities across the country to ensure that they all get involved in getting to the National Legislature.

President Sirleaf said women can get things done, not just in Liberia but anywhere in the world. She commended the women for the organization of the program and encouraged them to hold together to achieve their goal.

Speaking earlier, Madam Ruth Caesar, one of the organizers of the Liberian Women Manifesto - 2017, which started in 2005, said their consultations are aimed at involving every woman into the process with teams set in almost all of the 15 counties in Liberia.
These consultations, according to Madam Caesar - have taken them to Monrovia, Nimba, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties, amongst others to hold consultations with women all over the country to enable them strategize for women who will be running for various elective positions in the coming elections.

Madam Caesar pointed out that their consultations are meant to identify strategies that can be used as their platforms to address critical issues of women to compete with their male counterparts during the 2017 elections. “Women issues are children issues, and we are going to support our own political processes,” Madam Caesar said.

The Liberian Women Manifesto Framework - 2017 came about in 2005 - long before the conduct of the 2005 elections when the women of Liberia came together and developed a policy framework document aimed at identifying and making policy recommendations to government.
The ceremony brought together several prominent Liberian women including veteran Liberian educator and women rights promoter, Mother Mary Brownell, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, among others.