Nimba County senatorial hopeful, Mrs. Edith Gongloe Weh has critically kept the feet of the Legislature to the fire for being solely responsible for the damage inflicted on the county by virtue of women’s representation for so long, and not the Executive.
Edith, who was also former Superintendent of the county sharply expressed her grave dismay over the current degree of no women’s representation in the National Legislature from the county rather it is a pro-men affair which is too disheartening for the nation’s democracy.
Calling for a great radical and massive change in the political equation regarding Nimba County, to truly reflect the presence of both sexes on the active political stage in the Legislature, the senatorial aspirant pointed out that the population of women of the county is far larger than that of men, but sadly, there is not a single woman in the House and Senate currently from the county.
In a local radio station’s interview in Monrovia on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Madam Weh noted that the process of glorifying an individual-Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) referred to as the godfather of the county who decides the individuals to become members of the Legislature, of whom from his choice over the years, has been only men, must be challenged and changed to freely and openly accommodate both genders the opportunities to realize their political relevance through equal participation.
She observes that as godfather, his wings should spread over all the children of the county who are competent and desirous of competing in the Legislative race regardless of sex; and added that it was her that made the political godfather to campaign in Nimba, to spend his money to enhance his political sojourn, and if she wins this senatorial election, obviously, what would become of his glory will not only erode, but becomes anybody’s guess.
According to her, this impending election is about Nimba and the need to impact the abandoned youth, women because representative is the representation of the population.
She also questioned the over-prided notion by men that woman was the first to become President (Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) in Africa is belated, adding that it took 158 years for a woman to become president of Liberia, who upon inheriting many broken factors of production, including the economy, governance; after 12 years, left with the semblance of positive reflection in place.
She argues that women are good caretakers and their leadership always strives to make a profound difference in terms of fruitful results.
Meanwhile, President George M. Weah who elates himself as the Liberia’s Feminism-In-Chief has come under severe criticism and by extension, condemnation by critics for not practicing what he preaches concerning the political interest, promotion and attention of females.
Political observers intoned that the current composition of all targeted senatorial aspirants for the Congress for Democratic Party (CDC) are males, adding that then, where is the vested support for the women as portrayed by the expression: Liberia’s Feminism -In-Chief.
It can be recalled that President George Manneh Weah on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, turned another historical page in his presidential manifesto by conferring upon himself the enviable appellation of “Liberia’s Feminist-In-Chief.”
By the declaration, the President reaffirms unwavering commitment to the pursuit of the feministic ideals that guarantee the rights and wellbeing of women.
“In closing, allow me to share a story with you. During a discussion about this conference that I had a few days ago, one of my colleagues “accused” me of being a feminist, under the mis-impression that only women can be feminist,” President told the gathering at the opening of the International SHEROES Forum at the Monrovia City Hall.
Besides the argument he said ensued between him and his friend, the decision is informed by the broad understanding of who a feminist is: “someone who organizes activities on behalf of women’s rights and interests, with the objective of achieving political, economic and social equality of sexes, including seeking to establish educational and professional opportunities for women that are equal to those for men.”
“On the basis of that definition, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to declare myself as “Liberia’s feminist-in-chief, and hereby pledge to the women of Liberia that I will do all that I can, during my tenure as president of this country, to fight for gender equality and empowerment.”
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