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Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor Addressing the Third Eurosian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor Addressing the Third Eurosian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

VP Howard -Taylor Addresses Major Women’s Forum in Russia

Liberia’s Vice President Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor on Friday, October 15, 2021 addressed the Third Eurosian Women’s Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In her address, the Liberian strong woman laid out challenges and achievements of African Women. She said despite women in Africa constitute half of the population, they continue to be disadvantaged from a wide range of issues, citing unjust social system, to discriminatory practices, stating, both in terms of gender equality and in economic empowerment.

“Distinguished Conference Delegates and Sisters; though we have many impediments in our way; our great achievements have always been; our tenacity to try to put things Right. In times of War; we are the the first responders; the scavengers for food; the fearless ones who put ourselves between the guns and our families; and in times of peace, are the mediators and the sustainers of the peace. Unfortunately, once the conflict moves into the phase for development – Women are usually shoved aside and seen as unfit to govern or lead,” she asserted.

She said though some small progress has been made to address these myriad of issues; but said the fact remains that there are still social and economic challenges that prevent the African Women from being fully engaged in the transformation and development of Africa, as she pointed to the glaring reflection on African women’s social, educational and cultural status.

“Women represent half the African population, and are the main pillars of economic development, who continue to be disadvantaged from a wide range of issues – from an unjust social system , to discriminatory practices both in terms of gender equality and in economic empowerment . This is a glaring reflection on their social, educational and cultural status. Though some small progress has been made to address these myriad of issues; the fact remains that there are still social and economic challenges that prevent the African Women from being fully engaged in the transformation and development of Africa,” V Howard-P Taylor uttered.

The Liberian women leader did not just lay out challenges to the forum, but also advanced possible solutions to challenges women are faced with in Africa. “In order for women to become fully engaged in the integrated development of Africa, they must be EMPOWERED. This, according to UNDP, is primarily the self-awareness of potential capabilities and the means and tools to launch and benefit from them. I am of the belief that the self awareness of our capabilities has dawned on Women of the Continent; but the issue remain the means and tools to benefit therefrom,” Madam Taylor intoned.

The Liberian Vice President, however, indicated the roles African Women have continued to play, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. “I am glad to report that African Women have taken up the following ROLES to accelerate African Integrated Development by: Driving the emergency response efforts, Delivering equitable, gender-responsive, and inclusive health systems, Educating girls to lead the transformation, Driving the narrative for full engagement in the african continental free trade area (afctfa), Innovating across the tech spectrum, Being change agents for positive social change, Being positive role models which change the negative social biases, and Stepping up, standing out and believing that they can be all they want to be,” the Liberian first female vice president presented.

The Liberian female politician was asked to comment on the ever evolving role of women in the integrated development of the Continent of Africa.

“Thankfully, I have been asked to make comments on the ever evolving role of women in the integrated development of our Continent – Africa. Please take note that the African Continent is as varied as it is large; and the issues facing each region a little different from the rest.

Howbeit, Women are a peculiar species; and have been for ages given the singular responsibility to carry, nurture, sustain, develop and groom the next generation of Leaders; and this expectation remains; regardless of one social status.”

In her inclosing remarks, VP Howard- Taylor quoted former Malawian female President, “PERMIT ME TO LEAVE YOU WITH WORDS FROM FORMER MALAWIAN PRESIDENT H. E. JOYCE BANDA”:
“The seeds of success in every nation on Earth are best planted in women and children,” she concluded.

 

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