Last week, we wrote about the roles of women in power in coaching, mentoring and promoting other less privileged women. The focus for this week would be the two pronged strategy required to uplift other women, particularly the younger generation.
At Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia, we believe that every issue women in power care about should be of value to younger generation. It is our desire that women in power should above all be leaders of principle and conviction that other women could be uplifted.
The crab in the barrel and the mushroom syndromes of dragging and pulling or putting other women in perpetual darkness should be discouraged. For our own peace and for all volunteer peace messengers, conscience, rectitude and sincerity shield should be shield with which to march on.
Since the ratification of the convention of discrimination of against women in extremely difficult circumstances, (CEDAW), we have noticed an increase in number of projects designed to benefit other women. As we promote the agenda 2030, there are younger women still been abandoned by women in power and most of our volunteers still remember the number of times they have felt small and insecure in the presence of women in power.
As we push forward our continued engagement with women in power, we would like to reiterate the need for young women to unleash their potentials and pursue education instead affluent. Government and international programmes should focus on girls’ education. The investment in the education of women cannot be over emphasized; it should be considered a top priority.
Younger generation of women should learn to pursue their heart desires and emulate the principles and values of women in power. According to George Bernard Shaw, “Life is no brief candle to me. It is a …splendid torch… and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations”
There is more we can do for younger women and there is no better opportunity than now to do so. Women have all the power to make positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others. Women in power need to address other women in a way that uplifts them. Otherwise, we would witness before our eyes the destruction of the Liberian family.
The opportunity provided by mainstreaming sustainable development goals in Liberia requires that we get women in power to mentor and coach other women; we need a new approach to encourage dialogue among women in power for inclusive involvement of young women. Our agenda for peace and security should include how women in power support their younger ones.
The consequences for inaction are grave, as these would exacerbate prevailing social issues of gender-based violence, rape, work place harassments and abuses.
Until next week when we come to you with part three of our series on women in power, let peace be your watch work, peace first, peace above all else. May peace prevail on earth!