Amb. Wean Wants Women To Access Land, Credits, Education
Liberia’s First Lady, Ambassador Clar M. Weah is calling for international support to build the capacity of girls and women in Liberia, especially in the rural areas by guvung them access to land, cedit facilities and education, as this is an effective way of empowering them.
Madam Clar added that providing women with the requisite training will enhance gender equality and promote economic development in the country.According to a dispatch from New York, the Liberian First Lady made the remark on Monday, March 19, 2018 at an event on the sidelines of the ongoing 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations in New York, United States of America.“It would be a major achievement if one of the key outcomes of this gathering would be to find ways to equip our mothers, our sisters and children in rural Liberia with the skills and competency so that they become the driving force for sustainable economic growth and social welfare in Liberia,” said Ambassador Weah.
She outlined one of such skills as education; stressing the need for all females to be educated if poverty must be reduced; unwanted pregnancy must be prevented; and literacy rates increased among others.“Access to education should be a human rights, as education is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); therefore all females must be educated.”
Ambassador ClarM. Weah expressed the need for Liberia’s rural women to be empowered in agriculture by granting them access to land and credit facilities, adding that this endeavor would increase their productivity, provide the much needed income, and reverse some of the cultural practices that intentionally create gender inequality.
The First Lady believes that through these various interventions, she is confident that over a period of time, Liberia will experience a dramatic progress in reducing the inequality gender gaps. She told the gathering that the Liberian government, under the administration of President George Weah, stresses on agriculture as a major vehicle for reducing poverty and achieving its pro-poor agenda.
She noted that the gender gaps were still alarming, especially in the rural areas, despite the ascendency of several females to key decision making positions at various levels in Liberia. .She recounted the election of Africa’s first democratically elected female Head of State, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the first female Vice President, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor and a host of others, but said women were still underrepresented.
The Liberian First Lady vowed to rally the support of various stakeholders at home and across the world, including her husband, President George Weah and UN-Women to ensure that her plea is realized.
Meanwhile, First Lady Clar Weah is challenging Liberian women to take advantage of existing opportunities to increase their participation in every sphere of society through a competitive process.
“We must build a culture of competitiveness and take advantage of gender equality laws crafted specifically to increase our participation in politics and the economy,” said Mrs. Weah.The Liberian First Lady, flanked by other members of the Liberia delegation including Gender Minister, Hon.Piso Saydee-Tarr, received thunderous applause for her deliberation.
The side event of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was part of discussions, which focused on emerging issues affecting gender equality and the empowerment of women.