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The Age of a child in the CRC Report suffers setback at the National Legislature

             

The issues of the Women of Liberia in the CRC’s final Report at the National Legislature is gradually being swept under the rug by Lawmakers. The women presented six issues at the Constitution Review National Conference in Gbarnga, Bong County where five of the issues were voted for and only one was defeated. After the conference, the CRC presented their Report to the Legislature in August last year.

At the Lower House, the report was sent to the Committee on Good Governance for revision. According to the Chair of the Committee, Representative Larry Younquoi, they have concluded their work and have presented it to the Speaker of the House, Alex Tyler. Out of the women’s five prepositions in the Report only one was captured in the House’s Good Governance recommendations for inclusion in the prepositions for Referendum. Equal Participation in Governance is the issue captured while according to the Committee, the others can be placed in Statues.

Among the other issues that were pushed aside or ignored by the Houses’ Committee is the age of a child. The Constitution of Liberia has not clearly defined who is a child. Women of Liberia have said that there is a need for the constitution, which is the highest law of a country to state the Age of a child. The women believed that when this is done, it will address the many issues children go through in Liberia. Some of the issues include: Rape, forceful and early marriage, teen age pregnancy etc. Against this backdrop the women of Liberia decided to include the issue of Age in the prepositions presented to the CRC. The preposition states that the Age of a child should be 18 year.

After the Legislature Easter Break, there was credible information that the Houses’ Committee on Good Governance report on the CRC was to be presented in plenary session for discussion. As the first women’s organization to receive the information, the Liberia Women Media Action Committee collaborated with the Women’s Constitution Review Taskforce, the Ministry of Gender Children and social Protection and other Women groups to form a delegation to attend the Plenary Session and engage the Lawmakers on the issue of the age of a child.

The women gathered on the Grounds of the Capitol Build on the day scheduled for the discussion in plenary but was slapped in the face to receive information that the CRC. Report was not going to be discussed. Upon receiving the information a team of four women proceeded to the Chief Clerk’s office to inquire the items on the Agenda for discussion in session. The response from the chief Clerk’s office seemed as though something awkward was going on. The information was that the Clerk's office was not yet knowledgeable of what the Agenda would look like for that day. The women were told that they have not gotten words from the Speakers’ office. The women then decided to visit other key Stakeholders in the lower House but they were told that according to the speaker, he has not gone through the Committees’ report and as such, he cannot bring it up in session for discussion.

Since the Lawmakers returned from their Easter Break, they have not brought up the CRC’s Report for discussion and it is unclear as to the precise time this will occur.

 

 

                                                 

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Perception and Attitude Towards the Ebola Virus Disease In Liberia

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Liberia, a nation recovering from 14 years of civil war, striving to rebuild crippled governance structures and badly damaged infrastructures, today remains the epicenter of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since its outbreak in the Mano River Basin in March 2014. The impact of the deadly pandemic has been described as an unprecedented health crisis, with the death rate far surpassing global EVD afflictions since the inception of the virus in 1976 in what is today the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

As the disease continues to ravage Liberia, women who constitute the bulk of caregivers in every family setting, remain the hardest-hit. As a result they are exposed to the Ebola Virus Disease given the “touch-to-contract” nature of the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

 

Compounding the crisis is the fact that there is a prevailing sense of denial among Liberians, dismissing warnings about the disease, which is evidently largely responsible for the rapid spread. Visibly troubled by this, leaders of three women-centered and results-focused non-governmental organizations met and decided to conduct a study to ascertain the facts. The goal: to determine attitudes and perceptions toward and about the disease and the reasons behind those attitudes and perceptions.

 

This report is a result of that study and provides analysis, conclusion and recommendations aimed at encouraging behavioral change and the formulation of gender sensitive policy actions for Ebola prevention, contact tracing, disease treatment and survivor recovery. We remain convinced that it takes informed policy actions to not only generate positive responses, but also to ensure that such actions will provide improved access to better and timely health services to all persons, particularly women in especially difficult circumstances.

 

Consequently, we believe policy makers and government partners in the fight against Ebola will take this document into consideration in the course of taking further steps to chase the deadly Ebola Virus Disease out of Liberia.

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Women Constitution Review Process -

Recent event organized by this institution in collaboration with the MoGCSP, under the banner of the women's constitution reform taskforce, a space was created for women to interact with the media, the Committee on Governance at the National Legislature and other stakeholders to enhance their understanding and discuss issues around the constitution review process

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Women Constitution Review Process -

Recent event organized by this institution in collaboration with the MoGCSP, under the banner of the women's constitution reform taskforce, a space was created for women to interact with the media, the Committee on Governance at the National Legislature and other stakeholders to enhance their understanding and discuss issues around the constitution review process

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The Executive Director of the United Nations Women has pledged the organization’s commitment to further partner with the Liberia Women Media Action committee.

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka says LIWOMAC can rely on the UN women for support in its efforts to address the issues of Liberian women.

 

She also disclosed that the UN women will partner with LWDR to ensure women issues are effectively raised, especially during the pending 2017 general and presidential elections.

According to her the medium must be provided for women candidates to explain their platform while information should be given across women to help them understand the platforms of politicians.

 

Also speaking at the program, the President of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) has called on the media to lay special emphasis on telling the story of women as the country enters another critical period of existence.

Estella Nelson says security for women in the midst of UNMIL drawdown is a major issue that should be highlighted and discussed in the country.

Madam Nelson, however, stressed the need for women to work together to ensure peace is maintained in the absence of UNMIL.

 

Among other things, she said it was important for women to localize the sustainable development goal to translate it into concrete action for women.

But the LIWOMAC president indicated that these efforts can be actualized through the support of the United Nations Women and other international groups.

Madam Nelson spoke on Saturday at a brief ceremony marking the visit of the head of the UN Women to LWDR.

 

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The Executive Director of the United Nations Women has pledged the organization’s commitment to further partner with the Liberia Women Media Action committee.

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka says LIWOMAC can rely on the UN women for support in its efforts to address the issues of Liberian women.

She also disclosed that the UN women will partner with LWDR to ensure women issues are effectively raised, especially during the pending 2017 general and presidential elections.

According to her the medium must be provided for women candidates to explain their platform while information should be given across women to help them understand the platforms of politicians.

Also speaking at the program, the President of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) has called on the media to lay special emphasis on telling the story of women as the country enters another critical period of existence.

Estella Nelson says security for women in the midst of UNMIL drawdown is a major issue that should be highlighted and discussed in the country.

Madam Nelson, however, stressed the need for women to work together to ensure peace is maintained in the absence of UNMIL.

 

Among other things, she said it was important for women to localize the sustainable development goal to translate it into concrete action for women.

But the LIWOMAC president indicated that these efforts can be actualized through the support of the United Nations Women and other international groups.

Madam Nelson spoke on Saturday at a brief ceremony marking the visit of the head of the UN Women to LWDR.

 

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The Executive Director of the United Nations Women has pledged the organization’s commitment to further partner with the Liberia Women Media Action committee.

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka says LIWOMAC can rely on the UN women for support in its efforts to address the issues of Liberian women.

She also disclosed that the UN women will partner with LWDR to ensure women issues are effectively raised, especially during the pending 2017 general and presidential elections.

According to her the medium must be provided for women candidates to explain their platform while information should be given across women to help them understand the platforms of politicians.

Also speaking at the program, the President of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) has called on the media to lay special emphasis on telling the story of women as the country enters another critical period of existence.

Estella Nelson says security for women in the midst of UNMIL drawdown is a major issue that should be highlighted and discussed in the country.

Madam Nelson, however, stressed the need for women to work together to ensure peace is maintained in the absence of UNMIL.

Among other things, she said it was important for women to localize the sustainable development goal to translate it into concrete action for women.

But the LIWOMAC president indicated that these efforts can be actualized through the support of the United Nations Women and other international groups.

Madam Nelson spoke on Saturday at a brief ceremony marking the visit of the head of the UN Women to LWDR.

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The President of the Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) has called on the media to lay special emphasis on telling the story of women as the country enters another critical period of existence.

Estella Nelson says security for women in the midst of UNMIL draw down is a major issue that should be highlighted and discussed in the country.

Madam Nelson, however, stressed the need for women to work together to ensure peace is maintained in the absence of UNMIL.

Among other things, she said it was important for women to localize the sustainable development goal to translate it into concrete action for women.

But the LIWOMAC president indicated that these efforts can be actualized through the support of the United Nations Women and other international groups.

Madam Nelson spoke on Saturday at a brief ceremony marking the visit of the head of the UN Women to LWDR.

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The Executive Director of the United Nations Women has pledged the organization’s commitment to further partner with the Liberia Women Media Action committee.

Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka says LIWOMAC can rely on the UN women for support in its efforts to address the issues of Liberian women.

She also disclosed that the UN women will partner with LWDR to ensure women issues are effectively raised, especially during the pending 2017 general and presidential elections.

According to her the medium must be provided for women candidates to explain their platform while information should be given across women to help them understand the platforms of politicians.

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