With Sirleaf, Liberia’s glass ceiling cracked but failed to shatter

By Afp

Sirleaf blazed a trail for women during her 12 years in power, but gender discrimination and violence against women in Liberia are widespread

Liberia’s female politicians profess near-universal respect for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as she steps down after 12 years as president — but many also say the glass ceiling that Africa’s first female leader cracked remains firmly in place.

Sirleaf, 78, will not run in October 10’s presidential election after a constitutionally mandated two terms.

In 2005, she unexpectedly swept the country’s first vote after a brutal civil war, and during her time in office the fragile peace has held.

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Source: Daily Mail/News Now/AFP

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.