Former Malawi President Joyce Banda has urged African leaders to implement policies and programs that will enhance women’s participation in leadership.Banda named the lack of training, limited finance and negative media campaigns as some of the barriers women in politics encounter adding, “despite the many challenges women face, they still fight for their voices to be heard”.
Banda in her Keynote address at the start of the International Sheroes Forum in Monrovia on Wednesday also called on Africans to celebrate women who have mustered the courage to reach the highest seats in leadership and made the difference.
At the same time, she encouraged women in leadership to incorporate their fellow women in order to have a society of 50 percent women inclusion in decision-making processes.
Banda then lauded Liberian Member of the House of Representative Munah Pelham Youngblood and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor for the level of
work and commitment they have exhibited in ensuring that Sheroes establishes it’s Liberia Chapter, and also lauded President George Weah for being a ‘He-For-She Champion’.
International Sheroes Forum Liberia 2018 is being held under the theme “Advancing Women’s Participation in Leadership”.
The forum brought together officials of government including President Weah, Vice President Howard-Taylor, and First Lady Clar Weah as well as other African leaders.
The Sheroes Foundation was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting girls and women’s rights and to increase the number of women’s participation in leadership across Africa.