An Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Madam Jamesetta Wolokollie, has called on Liberians to interact with women—especially young females—in a bid to set them on the path of more productive lives.
Speaking at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Saturday, March 8, when she served as keynote speaker, Madam Wolokollie explained that it was important to help women develop their full potential and bring them into the mainstream of the society.
She explained that the theme of this year “Equal Rights for Women, is Progress for all” shows that there is a need for everyone to engage in the process of building self-esteem. This is true especially about young women.
“You could help them set their defining goals by showing how to overcome the barriers to their development and progress, help them see and learn from your experience.”
Madam Wolokollie further explained that mentoring a woman should help her in decision- making, adding that it could help a woman acquire the ability to make decisions without agonizing over a confusing situation that could entrap her.
“Mentoring a woman is about helping her established positively, healthy activities and authentic relationships, which have the ability to help them forge ahead. She said that when a woman learns how to find a relationship that bring tremendous value to her life, her life transforms.
Mrs. Wolokollie stressed that the advocates of women’s human rights have again emphasized that liberating, emancipating women is for the good of the society; the failure to unshackle women means more than 50 percent of our country’s human capital lies idle, or perform far below capacity, she added.
Madam Wolokollie stressed that mentoring is about developing interpersonal skills, social skills, and effective life skills, adding that it is less about talking and more about setting intentions and taking actions.
She said that Liberia cannot make progress and achieved the attainable development needed for a sustained society unless women, a seriously disenfranchised population, is brought on board, and considered a part of the mainstream.
“We must not sit, fellow Liberians, (women) and allow this slow progress of our nation to remain, simply because women are unwilling, or do not have the support to take the action necessary for their well-being, and that of their country, she concluded.”