Women Protest in Maryland County

By Patrick N. Mensah And Jonathan Browne

Seven in 10 workers on the frontline of the pandemic are female yet women are left out of many COVID-19 response and recovery plans, according to a global survey published on Thursday.

The survey, by New York-based women’s rights advocacy group Women Deliver and Paris-based research organization Focus 2030, gathered the views of 17,000 men and women in 17 countries.

Most wanted women to have a greater say and worried the pandemic had set back progress on equal rights.

“People around the world recognize that gender equality is an issue of our time. And that it is an issue that has been (made) more urgent by COVID-19,” said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, head of U.N. Women, at a virtual launch.

Eight in every 10 respondents said women should be involved in COVID-19 health response and recovery efforts at all levels, including in the development of policies and treatments.

Yet while women account for 70% of frontline workers, be it teaching or healthcare, the world’s response to the new coronavirus has largely failed to include women, the said.

The poll cited research showing that in 30 countries, women account for a quarter of decision-makers on COVID-19 response panels, which set out how to handle the health emergency and its economic fallout.

The 23 years old suspect is a resident of Pleebo, Maryland Electoral district#2 and a well-known facebooker under the pseudonym, Pretty-boy Raymond (HOPE Bardio). According to sources, the arrest was executed after a tipoff by close colleagues, who have been following many of his posts on the social media in the district.

Speaking to this paper over the weekend, some of the aggrieved women disclosed that suspect Bardio, Jr had allegedly created a page with the name Deng De Bos. They explained that suspect Bardio used the alleged page to communicate with the victim whose nude pictures were posted on social media.

Although the victim herself hasn’t spoken publicly concerning this worrisome and shameless act, close family sources confirmed she and the suspect had communicated on social media.

The family sources continued that the victim has in her possession other confidential communications that she had with Deng De Bos on Messenger, including her nude pictures that were posted on the internet.

Though the sources didn’t explain what exactly might have caused the victim to send her nude pictures to suspect Bardio, they said the nude pictures seen on social media have shocked the victim, as her situation has been widely discussed in the County, prompting them as family among the angry women to seek speedy trial, maintain that they won’t rest until justice prevails in the matter.

“We as women, we can’t sit and see our colleague going through this lifetime stigma and worry”, they said. “If justice can’t be served then we as women of Maryland County will take the law into our own hands because the suspect is a child, and he was born by a woman, so he needs not to treat a woman in such manner”, they stressed.

However, the protesters called on the Minister of Gender, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, and First Lady Clar Weah to prevail on the Ministry of Justice to ensure justice is served.

For his part, Mr Alex Nelson, Administrative Assistant of the Tubman University College of Management and Administration said those in the habit of posting nude pictures of females on Facebook should stop or be prepared to face court action.

“We shouldn’t be wicked to women because they are our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters; how do people feel if they sent nude pictures of women on social media?” Mr Nelson asked.

Meanwhile, Police in Harper has charged suspect Raymond P.K. Bardio, Jr on multiple counts and placed him behind bars, pending trial for allegedly sharing nude pictures of a female on social media. Similarly, a nude video of a well known Rev. and Bishop has taken over social media without knowing the doer of the act.

While women in the county are demanding speedy trial in the case involving one of their colleagues, the Ministers of Full Gospel Churches in Maryland County are in prayers with the bishop in question.

Source: The New Dawn

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