Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has emphasized the need to prioritize the empowerment of women and girls in Africa during and after the Coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking Wednesday when she addressed two separate panels of discussion at the ongoing 30th Economic Forum taking place in the Mountainous city of Karpacz, in Poland., Vice President Taylor asserted that women and girls constitute half of the worlds’ population, adding that women in Africa are among the most vulnerable groups exposed to the negative impact of the pandemic.
Giving her perspectives on the theme: “Time for women to lead- towards a female-led world,” VP Howard-Taylor encouraged African women to recognize their power as manifested in their numbers.
She also identified issues of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and abuse of women and girls during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which she noted, became worse under lockdown conditions across African countries.
The Liberian Vice President furthered that women must endure, embrace education, mentor younger women, fight against isolation, and join political parties to contribute to the national and international discourse.
The Forum is the largest economic conference in Central and Eastern Europe, which aims to promote a debate on the development of political and economic cooperation between the EU Member States and extra-EU Countries.
The themes of the two panels of discussion include: “Challenges of the post-COVID-19 Era” and “Time for women To lead- towards a female-led world”.