‘Stop Pretending and be Expressive’

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National Port Authority Managing Director Matilda Wokie Parker has challenged women and girls in Liberia to stop pretending and learn to express themselves on issues that affect their lives and their communities. According to Madam Parker, there are some women who can’t express themselves in this modern era and said by remaining silent those women go around with pain in their hearts.

The NPA Managing Director spoke Tuesday, in celebration of the International Day of Violence against Women at a two-day program organized by the National Coordinating Committee Women International Transport Workers Federation Liberia Chapter in collaboration with the Federation of Labor Congress of Liberia.

The ceremony was held at the head office of the Liberia Labor Congress in Gardnerville where Madam Parker informed the audience that a woman and a man are different people for the fact that what a man desires is not necessarily what a woman looks for.

“A lot of people [women] are afraid to say what they need. It is all because we [women] and even some men failed to learn valuable lessons because we don’t take time to learn,” she said.

Women constitute more than half of the world’s population, but 70 percent of them are poor while about two thirds of women don’t know how to read and write.

While other motivational speakers including former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan were blaming men solely for the suffering and exploitation of women and girls, the NPA Managing Director chose the path of objectivity challenging both men and women to do unto themselves as they would want others to do unto them.

“It’s important to do unto others as you want them to do unto you. This is why it is important to spend time understanding what your friend wants because men are from Venus and women are from Mars,” said Madam Parker.

“You must understand what that person’s wants and needs are and do something about it just to make that person happy,” she sated.

She stressed the need for the society to know and understand what women’s opinions are, and also what the men’s opinion’s are.

“We women must now stop pretending and be able to express our needs and wants,” Parker added.

Earlier, former Montserrado County Superintendent Grace Kpan recommended strict prosecution for men accused of committing abuse against women, but fell short of calling for prosecution of women who abuse men as well.

The International Day of Violence against Women was celebrated worldwide and is intended to discourage violence against women and girls domestically and in the workplace.

Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL) president Madam Jackie N. Doe called for an end to violence against women. She, however, underscored the importance of collaboration and partnership between men and women in society and said both sexes are crucial to the development of the society.

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