Liberia’s Vice President seeks ECOWAS support for women in politics

Jewel Taylor
Jewel Taylor

LIBERIA’s Vice President Jewel Taylor has called on the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to support women in politics.

Taylor made the call at the conference for ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians (ECOFEPA) and other women political and civil society leaders in Monrovia, Liberia.

The Media and Communications Department of the ECOWAS Parliament made this known via its social media platform on Monday in Abuja.

Taylor said that the stories of women being intimidated and victimised for seeking public office have become a trend.

She said ECOWAS had a unique role to play in uplifting the politics of women as they hope for a sub-regional framework for protecting women seeking to get involved in business and national level politics.

“We hope to see you propose an ECOWAS protocol stating norms for the protection for women in politics.

“We also want to see you establish effective monitoring systems and interventions to protect genuine cases of women politicians in danger.

“ECOWAS should be swift and robust in their response to threats and violence against women in politics.

“With the assertiveness of ECOWAS, other state actors will follow suit and do what is necessary to protect women from these abuses,” Taylor said.

On the need for female activeness in politics, Fatoumata Njai, a Gambian delegation to the ECOWAS Parliament, encouraged women to be focussed and active in the political struggle.

She said that it was also time for men to embrace female leadership and empower the women around them.

“While we are tackling the presentation of women in leadership and to strengthen the female leadership pipeline, women also need to start taking charge of their careers.

“Though organisations have begun to take steps to support and treat women equally, women too need to take their own place in society.

“As women, we need to proactively step up, turn every experience into an opportunity and every opportunity into experience so as to maximise our access to leadership position and never ever doubt our abilities,” Njai said.

Njai called for more women in the work place to be ready to meet and raise their quota.

“We need to not only ask for a quota, we need to talk about our capabilities and increase our abilities,” she added.

Similarly, Biodun Olujimi of Nigeria emphasised on the need for women across the region to get involved in the activities of other women.

“The time has come for us to start believing in ourselves and in our capacity, because if we don’t believe, we cannot get others to believe in us,” Biodun said. (NAN)

– Sept. 16, 2019 @ 13:29 GMT |

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