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Pres. Sirleaf Acknowledges Global Progress On Women Leadership

By Wilfred Gortor

Monrovia, November 17 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has observed that women across the globe have demonstrated leadership at all levels and areas of national endeavor.

She said although women representation at the top level of political leadership has been few, the role they have played in changing their own environment and the world is well documented in history.

The Liberian leader statement was contained in a speech she delivered Monday at the Annual Meetings of the Women for Africa Foundation in Madrid, Spain.

President Sirleaf stressed that women have exhibit leadership in the home, village as well as the community, noting that « Africa too has registered great women leaders in every country, » with strong showing in several countries, including South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania, among others.

« Rwanda stands out with the highest number of women in Parliament throughout the world and Liberia is proud to have broken the glass ceiling, » she noted.

President Sirleaf emphasized that women leadership today covers every sphere of society, challenging and breaking through traditions in the church, private companies, sports as well as in the highest level of government.

She described 2015 as « momentous » as it set the course for world development, adding: « After more than two years of robust consultations involving all stakeholders around the world, in September, at the General Assembly, the nations of the world adopted the new global development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals. »

Following this, the President noted that also in July the Financing for Development Conference, which produced the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was also held.

« And we head to Paris next month for the segment of the final Agenda which aims to conclude the Kyoto Round and its agreement on the support required for the preservation of our planet, including management of the effect of Climate Change, » the Liberian Leader noted.

She then accorded special thanks to the President of the Foundation, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega who, according to her, was always with the people of Liberia in spirit and always responded to the nation’s call during the heat of the Ebola epidemic.


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