President Sirleaf To Campaign for Women Legislative Candidates

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Flashback: Some of the female aspirants shortly after the engagement with citizens on voters’ priorities

She is no longer running for office but President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured the Liberia Women’s Policy Platform (LWPP) that she will be on her feet everywhere to campaign for women listed and certified by the National Elections Commission (NEC) to participate in the forthcoming elections.

President Sirleaf said her desire is to reciprocate the support of Liberian women, which led to her successive victories in the 2005 and 2011 polls. She recalled that women across Liberia “stood under the sun and the rain,” and told the Liberian people, “We, the women of Liberia, this is our time.”

President Sirleaf made the statement last Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda where LWPP launched its initiative to close the “widening gap between women and men contesting for elective posts” in the October polls, according to an Executive Mansion press release.

The President urged all women candidates of past elections, and those currently running, to unify around the ultimate goal of closing the gap in the number of men and women in the Legislature, by getting more women elected before she leaves office next January.

She called to action the women’s grassroots movement that carried her twice to victory, to “go into the various communities, from house-to-house, from door-to-door, examining their backgrounds, [and] what [these women candidates] have been doing in their respective communities that we can rely on to sell to the voters.”

This strategy, President Sirleaf suggested, would get more women elected and promote unity among women to achieve that objective. “The women will now be fending for themselves, to see how they can help others to get elected to the legislature, on the tickets of the various political parties,” she said, adding that she is no longer running for president and therefore has ample time to campaign for women.

There are currently three women in the Senate and nine in the House of Representatives. Madam Sirleaf is pushing for greater political agency among women in general to increase those numbers, and thereby solidify her legacy as Africa’s first female president.

However, her focus on the Legislature in this election cycle is a notable development, when considering the two registered female candidates contesting to succeed her at the helm of the Executive Branch – MacDella Cooper for president and Jewel Howard Taylor for vice president.

The President has been largely silent on the matter of the two female candidates in the presidential race, limiting her statements to a general expression of support for women’s political ambition. Furthermore, any desire she may have to leave her post to another woman is clouded by complications regarding party loyalty and the qualifications and personal history of the candidates themselves.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Gender as a cover up to hide marital status? Liberian daughter’s (natural females) +natural males) husbands will help them run. What is the status of Liberia? This incumbent has no time to help any gender. Male or Female. Busy with election papers. See silent majority before you see her. Campaign for yourselves women; vote if you need to.
    Gone to silence. Answer the ballot box. Not me.

  2. If I was a politician, I would tell President Sirleaf to stay away from my campaign because she is very unpopular. She can’t help these corrupt politicians get re-elected, period.

  3. As a woman, I say no way. What has she ever done for women, I mean the average woman on the street not her good time girls who cannot seem to act their ages. These good for nothing women dancing every day trying to act like young girls when they will never see the age of 40 again. She give us some of the most worthless women in our government, Tarpeh, Beyslow, Duncan-Cassel, Gayflor, Gardner, Parker, Weeks, Weeks, and more Weeks. No thanks. Stay out of politics and come October 10th, fly into the sunset.

  4. My People in the great country for all not few people and this election no president name call Mrs Ellen S.Johnson to call people or women to join her to fright for women right. No,No,No, my Liberian women say no to her ,you see for 11yrs for the government in her office not good results. Tell her no and we thanks you and bye

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