Monrovia- The minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, quite recently put women’s groups to the task. She urged every individual to campaign and ensure that women- related issues are brought before the country for legislation.
Liberian Women’s Action Committee along with its partner, UNDEP has taken the challenge and on June 29, they hosted an open dialogue that attracted media institutions, government officials, decision makers and women’s organizations.
Grouping these individuals created interesting suggestions, statistics and ideas that may push the women’s equality proposal into referendum.
LIWOMAC and its founder Estella Nelson has been using its media platform to advocate for, educate on and promote the rights of women for many years. Using its recent mobile and radio method to reach out to the rural areas where information doesn’t reach, is their latest strategy.
This being LIWOMAC’S latest attempt towards resolving the issues that women are faced with, the dialogue was rated as being ‘appropriate ‘.
The issue of representation for women should not be an issue for debate.
Among those seated at the dialogue was the excutive director of WONGOSOL, Mrs. Marpu Speare, IREX representative, Maureen Sieh, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Maima Kanneh Sirleaf and the chairperson of The Constitutional Review Committee, Hon. Gloria Musue – Scott.
Also present were the five panelist: Abdulla Kamara, Ms. Kparleh Harris, Mrs. Ruth Ceasar, Grace Scottland- Briama and Siatta Scott- Johnson.
Meanwhile, Madam Estella believes that “whatever document we can come up with should be able to reflect the interests, needs and concerns of Liberian women”.
She also adds that the issue of gender equality is very grave.
“We need to redefine our principles so that society will be able to create a better environment, educational needs without going through the expenses that women have to go through,” she added.
Also, Estella wants Liberians to ‘step back’ and think about what Liberians have done for society an how it can be changed.
“Media has a critical role to play until society understands what the issues are and what needs to change” she added.