Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the most distinguish honor to introduce to you Liberia’s first ever Female Vice President, Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor.
Dr. Taylor is the immediate past Senior Senator of Bong County who got a resounding mandate from the people of Liberia to lead them alongside with President George M. Weah, evidenced by the overwhelming election in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.
Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the following institutions:
College of West Africa -High School Diploma
University of Liberia -Bachelor of Science in Economics
American Institute of Banking-(Honors Graduate) Masters in Bankibg & Finance
Cuttington University -(Honor Graduate) Masters in Business Administration MBA – Finance
St. Clements University College – Honorary Doctor Degree in Leadership and Governance
Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law , University of Liberia,(Honors Graduate) LLB Law and
St. Clements University College- Honorary Doctor Degree in Leadership and Governance
Honors Graduate from the prestigious Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Liberia.
She is a daughter of Bong County and born to the Royal Household of Kerkula Giddings of Sanoyea District. King Giddings in his tenure wrote the script to the Kpelle language.
The Senator was raised as a child on the Phebe Hospital Compound under the watch of her loving parents, Mr. Moses Y. Howard and Mrs. Nora Giddings-Howard, both of whom were enviable professional Health Workers who died in service to the people of Bong County and are buried at the Phebe Compound.
Dr. Taylor is a visible and very involved stateswoman; with a vision for affordable but quality education; transparent justice system; improve and accessible health system; women’s economic and political participation; and an accountable public service system.
She is one of Liberia’s foremost advocate for increased and improved opportunities for women of Liberia; thus becoming a critical voice on cross-cutting issues at many frontlines in the battle to reposition Liberia for vibrancy, productivity and democratic good governance. On account of her national disposition, the Senator is fondly called the Senator without boundaries. While she represents Bong County in particular, her voice and views are national in scope.
Dr. Taylor served in many capacities and was a senior ranking member of the Liberian Senate serving on several strategic committees such as:
Chairperson, Women Legislative Caucus of LiberiaChairperson, Education and Public Administration,Co-Chairperson on Planning & Development Committee;Member of the Joint Legislative Modernization Committee;Member, Committee on Judiciary;Member, Committee on Autonomous Commissions;Member, Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security, Veteran Affairs;Member, Committee on Internal Affairs, Good Governance & Reconciliation;Member, Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children’s AffairsSenator Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor holds memberships in many Organizations, key amongst which are the following:
Chair, Board of Trustees, Restoration Baptist Church, Oldest Congo Town
Deaconess, Restoration Baptist Church, Oldest Congo Town
Member, Bong County Bar Association
Member, Bong County Women Association
Vice President, Board of Trustees, University of Liberia
Liberia’s Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS
Member, Liberian National Red Cross
Member, Liberian Rural Women Association
Member, Liberia Girls Guide Association
Member, Greater Monrovia Lions Club of Liberia
As a result of her national impact, Senator Chief Dr. Taylor has been a recipient of many accolades, Laurels and Awards from Local, National and International Organizations, ranging from humanitarian awards to outstanding Leadership awards. Key amongst many of them are:
Women Activist Award, (2016) for her role in gender advocacy and empowerment,
The Nation’s highest honor as Knight Great Dame, Order of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers in 2005; granted to her by Former President Charles G. Taylor for her service to the Nation as the 21st First Lady of Liberia;
The First Female to be given the Distinguished Traditional Title of Venerable Chief in the National Traditional Council of Liberia in 2011, a Chieftaincy title conferred on her by Traditional Chiefs and Elders of Bong County for her role in sponsoring a bill which created the National Traditional Council of Liberia; and in full recognition of her exemplary Services to the people of Bong, yea Liberia;
The Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Presidential Recognition Award for Humanitarian Services and contribution to Youth Development in Liberia from the (AAW Peace) African & American Women in 2011;
Senator of the Year, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 from various organizations;
The National Excellence Award for National Service in 2011;
The National Excellence Award for Philanthropy in 2009;
The Pan African Award on Leadership Excellence & Women Empowerment, an Humanitarian Award 2016;
Woman of the Year, 2016, West African Philanthropist Organization;
Women Activist Award, 2016
West Africa Philanthropy Awards as Woman of the Year, 2016
2nd Chance International Award as a Woman of Distinction 2015, New York City USA;
(ECOWAS) ECOFEPA Good Will Ambassador, Abuja, Nigeria; 2015;
Women Advancement Forum Award in recognition of her contribution to the Emancipation, Motivation and Advancement of Women of the World; 2014, Gambia.
The Outstanding African Women Achievers Award, as African Mentor and Role Model 2013, from the African Women Leadership Organization (AWLO), in Nigeria;
An African Leadership Award, as Outstanding African Female Leader of the Year 2012 from the African Leadership Award, in Dubai;
An Excellence Award in Recognition of her Advocacy for the Rights and Empowerment of women from the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) in 2012, in Nigeria
Vice President Taylor is a grass rooter and a strong pillar of the Christian Community; a believer in women empowerment, multiparty democracy, freedom of speech, Human Rights and the Rule of Law.
As a result of her more than 18 years of experience in both the private and public sectors; she, unlike most politicians of today, has the privilege to be able to cut across political, social and ethnic lines, and has friends and collaborators in all political establishments in Liberia. She remains a strong voice for change and progress in our Nation, and an icon for Liberian Women.
As a result of her passion and commitment for a better and more equitable nation for all Liberians, Vice President Taylor was often referred to as the “People’s Senator” and in confirmation of this title, Newsweek Magazine voted her the 2nd Most Powerful Female Politician in Liberia in 2011.