Women in Liberia are still at the disadvantage point in political participation in the country, says, Liberty Party Political leader ,Senator Nyonblee Karnga- Lawrence.
Senator Lawrence noted that Liberia is amongst some Countries that are yet to have huge number of women’s representation at political levels.
She spoke at the Association of Liberian Journalists in the America’s (ALJA) convention in Massachusetts, USA Saturday October1, 2022.
Justifying her comments, Senator Lawrence said, at national level, Liberia currently have a woman Vice President, two females out of 30- Senators and nine females out of 73- Representatives.
The Grand Bassa County Senator, expressed disappointment that all three branches of Government remains male dormient ,and women make up less the 11% of the seats in the Legislature.
Madam Lawrence stressed that the low representation of women at all level doesn’t show well for Liberia as she lauded Grand Bassa and Gbarpolu Counties for having 50 -50 representation of both gender at the Liberian Senate.
Said Madam Lawrence, ” The low representatives of women to all levels and across branches of government especially the Legislature, doesn’t show well for Liberia’s Promising democracy”.
Senator Lawrence wants Liberia to implement the African Union’s gender policy of 50-50 (Male-Female) participation at national and local levels.
She said, article five of the constitution make rooms for the participation of all citizens in government including article seven as well, which speaks about equality and full participation of all in the advancement of the country budget and resources to advance Liberia’s development .
She acknowledge some adoption of policies that promotes women participation and representation, but it is yet to be realized.
She said, “In the last 15 years, there have been several unsuccessfully attempts, affirmative actions for women in politics in Liberia.”
The LP Political leader also argued, that in the absence of strong equal framework, for women’s participation , Liberian women will continue in the back seats, why the male continue to dominate.
She said there are clear evidence on the percentage of women in the Legislature which has fallen from 16% in 2006 to less than 13% in 2012 and 11% in 2014 and is gradually declining.