In observance of International Women’s Day: Mary Brownell Blames Parents for Vulnerability of Girls

first_imgVeteran Liberian teacher Mary Brownell has blamed the vulnerability of girls in Liberian society on failure of parents to provide guidance for their girl children.Speaking in a telephone interview Monday on the problems affecting women and girls in society, Mother Brownell said, “I cannot remember [a time] during my days when girls of my age group were seen at late hours in the street. You would be asked by an elderly person why you should be out, and that person will surely trace your parents or even discipline you for staying out late. But today parents do not care about where their children go and do not give them advice; and as a result, you see girls in the streets and sleeping there.”She said the failure of parents to provide guidance for their girl children has resulted in the high rate of teenage pregnancy in Liberia.Mother Brownell, who turns 87 on March 12, said she believes that the Ministry of Gender is doing well to identify the problems affecting women and girls in the country; but because parents are not exerting effort in teaching and advising their girl children, these girls continue to face sexual exploitation and other forms of gender-based violence.She also pointed out that women’s organizations are all over Monrovia and in other parts of the country seeking donor funding to help girls, but lamented that their impact is not being felt.According to her, if women’s organizations and parents were playing their roles as role models for girls, prostitution and teenage pregnancy would have reduced by now.Weighing in on the issue of the age of consent, Mother Brownell proposed that 18 years of age is preferable as the statutory age of maturity. A girl of that age, she said, will have the attributes of decision making and can decide what is good for her.In Liberia, however, many boys and girls aged 18 and beyond still live with their parents and rely fully on their support for schooling and other basic necessities.In response to this concern, she said parents will also have to play their roles in moùlding the child to be able to demonstrate maturity by that age.“The way parents teach their children in the home will help their children to demonstrate maturity at the age of 18. The girl or boy child in the home learns from the parents, and anything the parent does is what the child will learn. For the girl child to be matured and independent at the age of 18, parents should set the pace for the child to follow. Get the child to school at the required age and by the time she reaches 18 she is out of high school and thinking about going to college,” the veteran educator and mother emphasized.Another concern Liberian women have as they celebrate International Women’s Day is the30 percent political representation exclusively allotted for women by the constitution.The “Gender Equity Bill,” sponsored by Montserrado County District #1 Representative, Josephine Francis, has lingered in the House of Representatives for years without passage.Mother Brownell, while expressing support for the bill, stressed that she is disappointed in women on ground. Their lack of support for one another, she observed, is responsible for their marginalization by men.She also asserted that women, if they want to break the barrier, should get acquainted with their constituents and demonstrate their competencies as leaders. They should not simply rely on T-shirts and a few bags of rice in election season.She added that the dominance of men in Liberian politics is highly reflective of the fact that 50% women’s participation is needed to equitably bridge the gap.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stop smoking and still lose weight? Yes you can!

first_imgIf you’d love to give up smoking without gaining weight or putting your weight loss on hold, the experts at Slimming World can help you stop and slim.Many people who attempt to stop smoking find an increased appetite can lead them to fail as they fear gaining the pounds on the scales. With Slimming Worlds unique Food Optimising plan that need not be the case.Danger Zone 1: New-found love of food…. When tastebuds come ‘alive’ again it’s easy to see why we might eat more through a new-found enjoyment of food as we give up cigarettes! Also, where cigarettes may have been an easy way to skip a meal (for example, instead of breakfast), adding an extra meal each day might cause weight gain for some people.How can Food Optimising help?Adding a new meal to your day instead of your usual cigarette isn’t a problem with Food Optimising. Tuck into filling and slimming Free Foods (such as vegetables, potatoes, lean meat, pasta and beans) to keep you satisfied without any worry of weight gain.Danger Zone 2: Snacks instead of cigarettes…When you’ve recently given up smoking, it’s hard to resist food and snacks as comfort or ‘reward’ to feel better or just to replace the habit of lighting up a cigarette.How can Food Optimising help? Snacking is allowed – at any time! Unlike most ‘diets’ where food is often restricted and picking is strictly forbidden, Free Foods mean you can nibble to your heart’s content to help control your cravings safe in the knowledge you’ll still be able to lose weight as you do.Danger Zone 3: Cave into cravings…The ‘empty’ feeling of nicotine withdrawal can feel similar to hunger pangs and therefore tricks the body into thinking it need’s a food fix instead.How can Food Optimising help?Food Optimising takes account of a food’s ability to fill us up quickly and healthily, as well as its ability to comfort us. Paired with the powerful motivation you’ll find in your Slimming World group to help you develop new, healthy eating patterns, cravings – and any feelings of deprivation or guilt – become a thing of the past.Its not just about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain!To find out more about how Food Optimising works you can contact one of your local consultants via their Facebook page or just come along to any of their groups. Men and women are welcome in all groups.Stop smoking and still lose weight? Yes you can! was last modified: August 8th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Slimming Worldstop smokingweight losslast_img read more