(February 1, 2022, Monrovia-Liberia) The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is disturbed by a disdainful and dehumanizing characterization of womanhood deplorably wrapped in an unauthorized book co-authored by Isaac Vah Tukpah, the Chief of Staff to Mr. Alexander Cummings of the ANC
(February 1, 2022, Monrovia-Liberia)
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is disturbed by a disdainful and dehumanizing characterization of womanhood deplorably wrapped in an unauthorized book co-authored by Isaac Vah Tukpah, the Chief of Staff to Mr. Alexander Cummings of the ANC.
The Ministry finds this smear campaign and groundless onslaught against Liberia's First Lady, Amb Clar Marie Weah, and her family as a national shame that must be condemned by all irrespective of political difference.
Whilst we heighten all efforts to curb acts that publicly violates the rights of women and girls, the Ministry finds troubling the denigrating falsehoods written in such an unorthodox manner about women.
The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection condemns the form and manner Mr. Tukpah and his accomplice disdainfully used denigrating words to described a woman, like they fell from the sky.
Gender views such onslaught as a serious threat to the huge stride made over the years to ensure that the message of Gender sensitivity reasonates with all sector, tribe and classes regardless of political or religious affiliations, or difference. Therefore, any approach, attitude, characterization and discription that appears to discriminate womanhood should be condemned to the fullest.
It appears from the presentation of those embarrassing assertions mentioned in that book shamefully describing the female lineage of the President and full on attacking the First Lady in such manner, that so-called levelheaded and perceived highly educated men, have underestimated, undermined, compromised and politicized our push to end violence against Women, Girls and Children.
We would have thought that Mr. Tukpah, claiming to be so learned and civilized, would know better than to portray a woman in such a manner, especially based on lies created in his mind.
The Ministry takes seriously the negative descriptions against Liberian womanhood, as depicted by excerpts being posted around, that clearly also attacks the Mother of our President, his beloved Grandmother and, Liberian women as a whole. We decry this vile literature in highest terms, written by a showboating, pretentious false pretender.
The Ministry encourages social media bloggers, radio talk show hosts, the print media and all, to disengage from sharing contents from the book - as doing so, you are equally promoting the abuse on womanhood and reinforcing the trauma the First Family are experiencing.
This shameful act by this horrible character is tantamount to emotional abuse, as well as psychological trauma not just for the First Family but also, all of us Women of Liberia.
Our call as a Ministry to bring the publishers to book is a continuation of countless condemnations against cyber bullying, domestic violence and sexual related offenses against women, girls and children.
This is totally unacceptable!
The Ministry views this action as a serious attack on womanhood, and therefore, calls on all women groups, local and International, to jointly condemn IVah Tukpah’s act of writing this libelous unauthorized book, and it's publishing house that did not do its own due diligence.
In that direction, Members of the PRESS, ladies and gentlemen, we hope that the First Family will seek all legal recourse against this misogynistic and disrespectful character who revels in slandering womanhood.
The Ministry calls on the ANC and by extension the CPP to show that they are not in agreement with the Chief of Staff of Mr. Cummings as soon as possible. Additionally, we call on the Collaborating Political Parties women (CPP), particularly the Women Wing of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), to also condemn this sad n solemnly unhealthy act, carried on by Mr. Isaac Vah Tukpah, a staunch Member of their party.
We hope the international community is watching what is obtaining from the end of the ANC. It's imperative that selective advocacy should not be sheltered in any political institution especially so when we are aggressively advocating for women's political participation.
We cannot overemphasize the importance of this fight against all forms of violence against women including their rights to privacy.
Shame! Shame! Shame on Me. Ivah Tukpah for this defamation and libelous act against the First Family of Liberia, Specifically our First Lady, yes the women of Liberia.