Dr. Kandakai Outlines Challenges Facing Women

By Edwin G. Wandah

The women of Liberia have overwhelmingly expressed challenges they are faced with in the society in lieu of the great reduction of women’s participation and representation in government.

According to recent statistics shown on a survey conducted in Liberia and the rest of the world, women globally have had less representation in every sector shown.

For example, the survey conducted alone further shows that out of the total of 30 Senators and 73 representatives, the Liberian women occupy just 5 seats in the Senate and 8 seats in the House of Representatives, while, their male counterparts comfortably occupy the rest of the seats in both Houses.

Hence, the results were nearly the same in other parts of Africa and the world also; out of a total of 53 African Heads of State, only 3 are women.

In other Governmental sectors, the survey further indicated that out of 19 Cabinet Minister’s posts, women occupy only five, while, for Public Corporations, Business tycoons, Chieftaincy titles and Traditional Leaders, the numbers of females representations are unknown.

Worse in the survey, was the number of female classroom teachers for women are reduced to the lowest; the survey shows that with the total number of 13,092 female teachers from Pre-Primary Division, women amount for just 6,042 (46 percent), 25,137 in the Primary Division; women amount for 3947 (15.7 percent) and for junior high, out of 9,319, women are just 4.8 (48 percent).

In other statistics, out of 4,695 senior high school teachers, the number of women teachers are at least 196 (4.1 percent), giving an overall total of 10577 (20 percent) for women out of a total teachers to 52,843 (100 percent), while out of nine Higher Education (Bachelor) granting Institutions with a total of 1,017 faculties, only 6 percent of the number represents women according to Cooper of the UMU Journal, Vol. 1 No 1. 2012.

Meanwhile, according to two world leaders, former United States Secretary of States, Hilary Clinton and International Monetary fund-IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde in separate statement condemned violence against women and teenage girls across the globe.

According to Hilary Clinton, in 2013, the Wikipedia noted that women across the world were being oppressed, with 2 girls being prevented from attending school in Pakistan and another girl being raped in India.

The 2013 report is quoted as saying that former US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has inspired women and girls to become leaders both in and out of politics and has formed a powerful legacy for feminists.