The Female Journalist of Liberia FeJAL and partner Liberia Women Media Action committee LIWOMAC have ended a two day conference with the theme: “Promoting Women in Governance.”
The workshop, which started Tuesday, January 28, brought together some key panelists like Madam Ruth Ceaser, chairperson Liberia, National Women Political Forum, Mr. Nathaniel McGill Secretary General for Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Maureen Sieh, Senior Media Specialist IREX-Liberia and others.
Serving as panelists Ruth Ceaser said “the history of women in politics shows that women have been discriminated because of societal and cultural barrier.”
She further that the struggle of the Liberian women for political emancipation has been one of continuous challenges and opportunities.
She also said women’s participation in politics and political process and every area of decision making is significant because it was significant for Liberian and all African women to rise above cultural barriers and put the kitchen behind them.
Madam Ceaser said there was a bill that needed to be passed by the Legislature describing it as the 30 percent Gender Equity Bill that will give women the chance to participate in Governance at this percentage.
But the discussions was seen arguable when the CDC General Secretary Mr. McGill discussing the future of women in politics disclosed that the 30 percent Gender Equity Bill won’t be passed because the men are not going to compromise with the women that which to contest because the men also want to occupy the seat.
“Out of 73 seats in the Legislature women have additional 15 seats and that the men won’t compromise the race for women but they will rather fight for themselves,” he said.
Madam Ceaser said, the issue of women being the care takers of home will come to end contributing the lack of women’s participation in politics as the result of ‘Cultural Barrier’ being the set back “We women has seen the light and think cultural barrier won’t be the issue any more because we will make sure to work tirelessly in passing the Gender equity bill that will help us get on the path with males.”
At the same time Mr. McGill told the audience that his party the CDC has contributed to promoting women in high place mentioning Geraldine Doe Sheriff as one of the beneficiaries.
He said he is not against the bill but his opinion is that the bill won’t be pass stating that since the 50-50 bill was pass and acted into law it has not been implemented but its only on docket “so are you people working to have 30 percent in government when the first 50-50 bill has not been implemented? He said this shows that this will only be passed but cannot be implemented,” he assure.