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WSR disappointed over low percentage of women awarded party symbols

January 16, 2018 By Elizabeth A. Kaine

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The Women Situation Room (WSR) has expressed grave concern over the low percentage of women awarded political party symbols to contest the March 7, 2018 multitier elections.

The WRS was initiated and implemented for the first time in Liberia in 2011 by the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC), with support from UNDP and in Sierra Leone during the 2012 general elections.

National Coordinator of WSR, Hawa Samai, stated that the room has been a powerful peace-building platform that rally women, youth, media, stakeholder professionals, religious and traditional personalities and institutions.

She said the disregard for gender parity in the electoral process by all political parties for the March 7, 2018 elections is unfortunate.

“We are disappointed about the low percentage of women given the opportunity to contest for councilor and parliamentary seats under the various political parties,” she said.

She reiterated their commitment towards peaceful and non-violent elections, while pledging their commitment to provide the required platform for supporting a wide range of activities to ensure that women are actively involved in peace advocacy, intervention, coordination, political analysis, monitoring and documentation.

Madam Samai encouraged political parties to promote the tenet of democracy, good governance and human rights, while maintaining high standards of religious tolerance in order to ensure peace and security throughout the electoral process.

Initiator of the WRS, Yvette Chesson-Wureh, stated that they are determined to ensure the elimination of obstacles to women’s participation to the electoral processes, citing violence against women on all its forms as a major obstacle.

According to her, as a member 50/50 Group, they will be working towards ensuring a transparent and peaceful electoral process across the country.

“We will be soliciting the support and action of the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) to ensure political parties work in compliance with the electoral laws as enshrined in the PPRC Act of 2002 and the Public Elections Act of 2012.

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