As the tenure of Africa’s first female President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf edges to an end, a prominent Liberian woman and advocate Madam Mary Brownell has called on Liberian women to remain brave and courageous in their pursuit for political office.
Madam Brownell, an eminent stateswoman made the assertion yesterday at a women’s Forum organized by the Liberia Crusader for Peace (LCP) in Monrovia. The Forum which brought together women groups including traditional leaders, members of the national legislature, Civil Society organizations was sponsored by the Carter Center Liberia. Speaking on the theme “the Role of Women in the Health Sector,” Mother Brownell cautioned young and aspiring women to muster the needed courage and stand up as well as respect their male counterparts in the pursuit of their dream. She furthered “women, you should not overlook yourselves because of your current condition”, adding “I was once a high school dropout but due to my courage and determination history can record me for who I am today”. She indicated that it is time that women stand and organize themselves in order to combat the ills and be a part of the country’s decision making process. “It was indeed a miracle that our lives were saved from Ebola, people did not believe that the disease existed until people began to die, women that played key roles together with the men in the fight against the Ebola Disease must be commanded, “Madam Brownell added. Also speaking at the forum, Satta Sherif, Speaker of Liberia Children Parliament, urged the participants and women leaders to help protect children against every form of violation including child labor, rape and sexual harassment. Sherrif added that women of Liberia must join hands with partners in order to ensure that children are saved and protected against abuses.