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Market Women End Boycott

Liberian Women at the Redlight GORBARCHOP Field market in the Eastern Suburb of the Liberian Capital, Monrovia have expressed willingness to register in the ongoing voter’s registration exercise.

The women told their fellow women panelists during the latest edition of DUCOR DEBATES,  an outdoor public interactive forum of the Liberia Media Initiative for Peace Democracy and Development (LMI) that they had decided to stay away from the entire elections process because of the behavior of elected officials, especially senators and representatives, but were now changing their minds, following explanations from counterparts at the public forum.

The women noted that they were moved by the information provided during their face to face interaction with women leaders serving as panelists at the GORBARCHOP Field market forum. Earlier, the panelists at the DUCOR DEBATES stressed the importance of registering to vote as a civic duty that women had a greater responsibility to participate in.

Women, the panelists said, must register to vote because by doing so; they would be securing the desired future for their children, some of whom cannot vote because they may just be too young to do so.

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The women panelists at the Redlight GORBARCHOP field Market were, Cllr. Ebba Davidson, Commissioner at the National Elections Commission, Association of Disabled Women of Liberia President, Ricardia Dennis, Coalition of Political Party Women, Marayah Fyneah, Unity Party Chief Women Mobilizer, Jackie Capehart,  as well as Naomi Saydee of the Women Democracy Radio and Montserrado County Representatives, Kuku Dorbor and Reginald Sokan Teah.

The women panelists were joined by Dan Saryee of the Liberia Democratic Institute and Augustus Zayzay of the Federation of Liberian Youths FLY- both members of the  “LIBERIAN CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION FOR YOUTH  and WOMEN TRANSPARENT PARTICIPATION IN THE 2011 ELECTIONS” funded  by the Open Society Institute for West Africa (OSIWA).

The coalition are  partnering with the LMI on the holding of  a series of three editions of the LMI’s DUCOR DEBATES, targeting women and youth participation in the ensuing 2011 elections.

The LMI syndicates and broadcasts deliberations from its interactive public forums, DUCOR DEBATES on its network of 41 partner national and rural Community radio and TV stations across Liberia, and has begun doing so  with the GORBARCHOP field Market.

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It began on Thursday Jan. 20 on TRUTH FM 96.1 and continues on Catholic Radio VERITAS 97.8 on Friday at 6:00pm and then on the rest of the LMI’s partner Radios across Liberia on subsequent schedules.

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