Jury eulogises women as Liberian leader wins gender award

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – "If women are empowered, the world will be a better place to manage," the president of the jury for the "African gender award", Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, said here Friday as the Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, won the 2011 prize.

The prize, awarded by the Pan-African gender, peace and development centre (PAC), was presented as part of the fourth international conference on parity, held Friday and Saturday in the Senegalese capital.

Paying tribute to Johnson-Sirleaf, the jury president said: "We are celebrating a strong woman, who made democracy the focal point of her campaign."

Commenting on the theme for the meeting, Mongella said there was still a long way to go in changing mentalities, warning that "parity would never be completed without the achievement of certain conditions".

She underlined that there would be no parity without peace.

"Without peace, Africa will never be calm, for, when people face bombings and other forms of arms that destroy everything, they will no longer worry about parity, but survival and development instead," she said.

According to her, to establish parity, we need good leadership, peace, women’s mobilization and a competent political power.

The conference discussed the concept of gender and issues related to its adoption and implementation as a mechanism for regulating the representation of men and women in decision-making bodies.
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