20 December 2012

Liberia: National Rural Women Elect Leadership

Buchanan — The Rural Women of Liberia over the weekend elected its corps of officers to steer the affairs of the organization for the next one year. The elections were held during the fourth annual convention of the Rural Women held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The annual convention of the Rural Women, which also coincided with the Bassa Dumboy Festival, was attended by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as well as prominent sons and daughters of the county (Grand Bassa).

The President Protempore of the Liberian Senate, Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, Gender Minister Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell, the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company Mr. T. Nelson Williams, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Madam Matilda Parker and Senator John Whitfield amongst others graced the occasion.

According to our reporter, who covered the elections, all the seven elected officials of the organization were voted on white ballots. The elected officials are to steer the affairs of the organization for the next four years as mandated by their constitution.

Those elected are: Madam Kebeh Monger; President, Grand Bassa County, Madam Annie W. Kruah; first Vice President, Nimba County, Madam Musu Barto; second Vice President, Bong County and Madam Rita Kai; Secretary General. The others are: Madam Musu Kiazolu; Treasurer, Montserrado County, Madam Yassah Varbah; Financial Secretary, Lofa County and Sarah Kayweh; Chaplin, Sinoe County.

While performing the official induction ceremony, President Johnson-Sirleaf lauded the women for the manner and form in which they conducted themselves in having free, fair and transparent elections. According to the Liberian leader, the elections conducted by the women group are clear indications that women are setting the example of democracy in Liberia.

In order to have a peaceful society, she said, everyone must follow suit the good example set by the women during their elections. For her part, Gender Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell outlined the development initiatives women have made over the past years.

She said the Ministry of Gender and Development in collaboration with its development partners have been able to shift the lives of women in the positive direction. Amongst other things, she added that some of the areas prioritized by the Ministry of Gender have been the adult literacy and vocational programs.

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