I Was Jailled And Exiled For Defending My People – Liberians Former President Johnson-Sirleaf


Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says her 12-year leadership of Liberia and the history that preceded her regime has made her believe that the consistent application of governance can make a big difference and turn apparently hopeless cases around.

Speaking the maiden edition of the annual gender equality conference organised by the Kwara State Government, Africa’s first elected female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, gave an insight into her tortuous political journey.

She also explaine how her political career ended with her expulsion by her own political party after she had served as her country’s president for 12 years .

however, while encouraging both Kwaran women and Nigerian women Sirleaf said that advocacy for women empowerment should include reforms at various levels. The former Liberian leader said the COVID-19 pandemic was another opportunity for women to display their remarkable leadership role.

“The leadership roles played by women in many countries during the coronavirus have been remarkable and should be celebrated”, she said.

She however frowned at the high rate of domestic violence experienced mostly by women during the pandemic lockdowns.

She called for action and advocacy towards tackling gender violence and inequality, noting that it is only through proper legislation and the quota system that women can get a better deal in politics.

The former president also gave kudos to the Kwara State government for bringing up such an initiative to galvanise support for more inclusion of women in the governance process.

Bibian Anekwe New Understands that the conference co-hosted by Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, and his wife, Olufolake AbdulRazaq, was held virtually.


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