President Sirleaf Assures Liberian Women of Continued Commitment; Congratulates Veteran Foreign Service Diplomats

Tuesday, 1st August 2017
President Sirleaf addressing the Women's Policy Platform at the Capitol.
President Sirleaf addressing the Women's Policy Platform at the Capitol.
Photo Credit: Mr. Ousman Diallo-EXECUTIVE MANSION
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the Liberia Women’s Policy Platform that although she will not be seeking re-election in the October 2017 elections, she will be on her feet everywhere in her own little way to campaign for women listed and certified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as candidates to participate in the ensuing elections.
President Sirleaf said her desire is in line with the policy of reciprocating the Liberian women who stood under the sun and the rain - telling the Liberian people: “We, the women of Liberia, this is our time,” thus leading to her successive overwhelming victories in 2005 and 2011.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement on Tuesday, 1, August, 2017, in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building at the launch of the Liberian Women’s Policy Platform intended to close what they called “A widening Gap between the women and men of Liberia in contesting for elective posts.”
President Sirleaf called those who have been in the struggle; contested and not win as well as those that are now joining the race - to bear in mind that the current campaign is about closing the gap between men and women at the National Legislature; to ensure that more women are elected before she leaves office next January. 
“We have to go into the various communities, from house-to-house, from door-to-door, examining their backgrounds, what they have been doing in their respective communities that we can rely on to sell to the voters,” President Sirleaf noted amid applause. President Sirleaf noted that by doing this, it will help to elect more women; so that while she will be a retiring, the women will now be fending for themselves; to see how they can help others to get elected at the legislature; to advocate for women’s participation in a bid to close the gap between elected women and men on the tickets of the various political parties they are contesting on.”
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday joined Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Marjon V. Kamara to congratulate ten retired diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their sacrificial services to the Liberian people and the world at large, especially under some of the most difficult circumstances; when there was nothing to work with at some of Liberia’s diplomatic Missions.
Those retired include Johnny A. McClain, Francis Karpeh, Andrew W. Kronyanh, Marcus M. Kofa, Dr. Edward G.H. Clinton, Ben Sie-Toe Collins, Morris Momo Karneh, Christopher Nippy, Catherine Nmah and Moses A. Deshield.
President Sirleaf who recounted some of her own personal engagements with some of the retired diplomats, ranging from planning and discussing together in finding solutions to execute some of the perennial problems affecting smooth running of various Liberian Missions abroad, under some of the most difficult circumstances, means that they deserve to be honored and retired for their services to the nation.
President Sirleaf, who pointed out some of her own interactions with Ambassador Michael Kofa and Thomas Collins in Ethiopia and Japan, said even though they were being retired after working through those difficult circumstances - they are not being retired to be forgotten, because like her - who is about to retire, they should bear in mind that there is life after service; and that is life. 
The honorees were certificated by the Dr. Puchu Barnard, Director General of the Civil Service Agency. The ceremony was graced by Hon. Dewitt von-Ballmoos, Director General, National Social Security and Welfare Corporation, employees of the Foreign Ministry, family members, among others.