The gender pay gap can be seen everywhere. For example, FIFA allotted US$30 million as prize money for this year’s women’s competition, even though the men’s totaled US$400 million in 2018. Africa is also not spared from this gender pay inequity. UNDP approximates that gender inequality costs sub-Saharan Africa US$95 billion per year, a figure that was around 6 percent of the region’s GDP in 2014. Countries with meager economic resources like Liberia cannot afford to lose out on such resources, and policymakers need to pay closer attention to the gender pay gap in Liberia.
No one doubt that President George Weah is a master dribbler. He has the medals to show for this claim. And in the political realm, master dribbler Weah has also exhibited quite some dribbling skills on the likes of Brumskine, Tubman, and Sirleaf.
Autocrat, dictator, repressive, corrupt, and the list go on. These are a few of the words being used by opponents and others to describe President Weah’s tenure. And, I must say that the president is not doing much to change those descriptions of his short stint as president so far.
Liberian citizens are fed up with what protesters say is a “creeping dictatorship.” The government’s response was to quiet their voices. Not only was this the wrong move from a constitutional perspective, it’s a lost opportunity.
In Liberia, public service pay is categorized into two major trunks. Cabinet ministers directly manage the Special Allowance, completely different from the set salary for the banded positions. For example, a cabinet minister might have the discretion to pay a special assistant US$2,000 as Special Allowance in addition to regular salary while other special assistants within the Civil Service Agency payroll system are making far less.
Let’s fast-forward a moment to 2063: a century after launching the first African continental initiative – the Organisation of African Unity that we commemorate on Africa Day. Africa is an integrated continent, reaping the benefits of inclusive growth and sustainable development.
Take a walk around Monrovia and observe the displays of risk employees face every day. Some employees do not make it back home to their families in the same condition as they started the day. In some industrial companies, employees are exposed to chemicals.
Imagine staring death in the face while on a crime-ridden street at midnight in Liberia. It announces itself, as two assailants approach you threateningly, while another lunges at you with scissors. The air is still and quiet, but the thud of your heart rings loudly in your ears.