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  1. 1. Liberia Ashley P
  2. 2. <ul><li>This is my first semester here at MSU and I transferred here this summer after two years of studying at NDSU. </li></ul><ul><li>I am in the Social Work Program with a Minor in Child Welfare. </li></ul><ul><li>I have worked at Community Living Services for two years and love my job. I am going for Social Work because of my job and I want to help people the rest of my life. It’s my passion. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose Liberia as a topic because my late brother-in-law was born in Liberia and came over to the United States to study because the Civil War was so horrible over there. </li></ul>
  3. 3. My hobbies <ul><li>I love being outdoors. I grew up in a very small town with not really anything to do but find something active to do outside. (Fishing, biking, rollerblading, riding four-wheelers, gardening, frolfing, boating-just to name a few) </li></ul><ul><li>When it is raining or I can’t be outside, I sew, make crafts, read many books, paint, and make jewelery and purses. </li></ul><ul><li>My roommates and I foster dogs and animals are very important to me. We have a lot of rescued dogs that come in and out of our home, and it is a very fun thing to watch them go to good homes where they belong. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 14 Year Civil War <ul><li>Liberia has struggled with a 14 year Civil War with Sierra Leone. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 200,000 Liberians were killed. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1996, half of the population did not have access to health care, safe drinking water, or sanitation services. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of democracy is one of Liberia’s many shortcomings. After Charles Taylor became president, Liberia did not reconstruct itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Women still had no power, so a group of women, including the new president went on a peace keeping mission to overthrow the unpopular president. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, Liberia elected its first female president. . . . </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf <ul><li>Africa’s first female president has appointed several women to her administration and has taken many steps to create equality for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia is a very poor country and Mrs. Sirleaf is taking steps to ensure rebuilding of the economic market. She has already rebuilt 9 of 224 markets destroyed from the Civil War. </li></ul><ul><li>98% of Liberians are below the poverty line and women are many of the uneducated, poor, and unrecognized. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Liberian Women In the Past <ul><li>40% of Liberian women have experienced sexual violence. </li></ul><ul><li>During the Civil War, rape was used as a tool for devastation. </li></ul><ul><li>Women were the workers who marketed fruits and vegetables that they farmed to put food on the family table. </li></ul><ul><li>They were very uneducated in the past and a high percentage of them still are. </li></ul><ul><li>They have received very little recognition for the roles they play in the economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Women are affected the most by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fighting for the Future <ul><li>51 of 53 states have ratified the women’s international bill of rights. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia has a woman president who supports the feminist movement as has incorporated many policies and women into govermnent. </li></ul><ul><li>More women are being educated and placed into new markets that have been constructed by Sirleaf. </li></ul><ul><li>Men are being targeted to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and unwanted pregnancies. </li></ul><ul><li>Violence against women is being placed on the agenda of many states in Africa and many states have implemented laws that prohibit violence towards women. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Last Thoughts <ul><li>Women in Liberia have a long struggle ahead of them and still receive unequal treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>Having a woman president who believes in implementing equality laws is a huge milestone for Liberia. </li></ul><ul><li>Liberia’s government, health care, and almost every aspect about the country are different from the United States. They are way behind in the economic scale and have had a Civil War for 14 years that completely destroyed their country. </li></ul><ul><li>Women received a lot of brutality, violence, and inequality in the past, but are making steps into the future. Organizations, policies, and feminism have created the stepping stones for the long journey they have to equality. </li></ul>