Bong County Senator Jewel Taylor has called on Liberians, especially women, not to vote into public office aspirants who are against women advancement and promotion.
Senator Taylor also urged voters not to re-elect sitting lawmakers who are against the passage of key legislations that seek to push women’s interest and agenda. Taylor was speaking when she officially launched the 16 Days of Activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Monrovia Wednesday. She said the recent withdrawal of the “Sexual and Gender Based Act” from the floor of the Senate by Committee Chair on Gender, Dr. Peter Coleman, after hours of debate, is an indication of the fight against the advancement of women in Liberia. She also mentioned the delay in the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill by the Legislature as another slap in the face of women advancement and promotion that need to be resisted by women across the country. The Bong County lawmaker admonished Liberians, especially parents, to begin the fight against SGBV in the home and then move it to the community before it goes to the national level, noting, “We have to know the messages we give our children.” Women, she said, bear the brunt of domestic violence across the country, because they are responsible to upkeep the homes and as such they should take the fight against violence meted on women seriously so as to curb such threat being perpetrated against them. The 16 Days of Activism is a campaign for violence against women which takes place from the 25th of November to the 10th of December each year. This global campaign which is undertaken by women’s organizations, governments and stakeholders, resonates some key dates in women and human rights movements. This year’s observance is being observed under a national theme “From Peace In The Home To Peace In The World; Stop Domestic Violence, End Child Marriage While Educating All.”