Starting off with a thesis presentation on humanist and women empowerment, Humanists Liberia kicked off its maiden edition of Café Humaniste over the weekend on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Lila Browne.
The program, which brought together scores of individuals from diverse background, was meant to engender the commencement of rational thinking to move the country forward.
Serving as keynote speaker, Madam Cornelia Kruah-Togba, former representative aspirant of Monsterrado County district #13, called on attendees to seek rational ways in solving the many problems besetting the human race, including the exclusion of women from many facets.
“These ideologies and cultural practices therefore perpetuate traditional and cultural norms within the society which discourage women’s political participation and reduce the pool of women available and willing to participate in politics,” she highlighted.
“For example, through the use of religious beliefs, patriarchal dominance is maintained in some countries by those in power. The famous, “the man is the head of the home and therefore women cannot lead men” is one common example in Africa.”
Speaking also, Swedish Ambassador accredited to Monrovia, Ms. Ingrid Wetterqvist, lauded the Humanist Liberia team for the its maiden edition of Humanist Café and maintained that it is in line with the Swedish feminist foreign policy.
Madame Wetterqvist noted the country has a huge number of youthful population which is driving the country on the path to renaissance.
For his part, Momolu Dorley, President of Humanist Liberia, told the gathering he feels no better time to be alive than now. “Our world is experiencing unbridled free speech, freedom of thoughts and liberty,” he said.” “Even in a conservative place like Liberia; at least on the surface, amazing new ideas and thoughts are being nurtured. Progress, my friends, is inevitable.”
He said Humanist Liberia aims to promote rationality, empathy and equality and to inform and teach people that they have the power, capacity and imagination to alter their destiny through efforts and talents.
“Our failure to be rational and to discuss so-called taboo issues contributed immensely to the civil war. That same culture of poverty, of timidity and not speaking out -is fuelling the heightened tension in the country.”
For her part, Deputy Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Alice Johnson Howard welcomes the initiative and said it was necessary for citizens to be involved in altering their destiny as the government can not and does not know everything.
She committed her ministry to working with all women candidates seeking political office irrespective of their political leaning.