The wife of CPP/ANC Standard Bearer, Mrs Teresa Cummings, has stressed the need for women’s economic empowerment and to equip girls with vocational skills that will make them productive citizens.
Mrs Cummings described the difficult economic challenge and hardships rural women and girls endured as appalling and stressed the urgent need for durable solutions to their plight.
Mrs Cummings made the affirmation at a unique program where hundreds of women of Lloydsville, District one, Grand Bassa county, under the banner of the United Women for Development, pledged their support to the Presidential bid of Mr Cummings.
The CPP First Lady expressed gratitude to United Women for Development members for the massive show of support. She assured them of the CPP Government’s genuine commitment to economically empowering women, especially in rural Liberia.
“Women are the backbone of our country, and as such, our girls and women need to be given serious attention and increased support,” Mrs Cummings said.
She assured the women of improved living conditions and the creation of well-paying jobs for parents to earn a decent living, enabling them to send their kids to school under a Cummings administration.
The United Women for Development, with a membership of over 500, is said to be one of the largest women’s organisations in Grand Bassa county. The organisation’s primary objective is to assist women and girls in securing small loans and facilitate vocational and rehabilitation training programs for women and girls in challenging economic conditions.
Its President, Madam Mercy Roberts, lamented the increasing economic hardships and violence against women in rural Liberia.
Madam Roberts said the CDC government of President George Weah had failed the people, noting that the only way out is to elect a new responsible leader with vision and integrity like Mr Alexander B. Cummings.
She said the decision by the United Women for Development to rally support for the CPP Standard Bearer followed careful assessment and evaluation of all the Presidential contenders.