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NEC Gender section hosts forum

The Gender Section of the National Elections Commission, (NEC) will today Friday host a one-day forum for the official signing ceremony onto the Violence Against Women In Elections, (VAWIE) Protocol, by Political Parties and relevant elections Stakeholders in Liberia in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

The Gender Section of NEC, in collaboration with the United Nations Women, (UN Women), and with funding from Canada are conducting the Buchanan VAWIE protocol forum.

According to the Gender Section of NEC, the overall objectives of the present VAWIE protocol, seek to fill the gaps identified in the memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) relating to the Inter-Party Consultative Committee, (IPCC) meeting and the Code of Conduct for Political Parties to promote and advocate for increased women’s leadership and participation in Liberia.

However, a statement from NEC Gender Section issued Thursday, 17 February 2022 said, the major objective of the one-day Buchanan program is to ensure that the rightful signatories from Political Parties and the NEC sign onto this protocol and commit their various political structures to its full implementation of the VAWIE Protocol.

The NEC statement reminds political parties that the signing ceremony in Grand Bassa is in fulfillment of a resolution reached during a consultative meeting on the VAWIE protocol held at a local hotel in Monrovia on 4 February 2022, at which time their representatives unanimously agreed to sign onto the VAWIE protocol in Buchanan on 18 February 2022.

All seven members of the Board of Commissioners, (BOC) of NEC, including its Chairperson Madam Davidetta Browne Lansanah, Senior Technicians of the Commission, relevant line Ministries and Agencies including Internal Affairs, Justice, Immigration Service, Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Gender and Civil Society organizations are expected to attend the Buchanan one-day program on the signing of the VAWIE Protocol.—Press release


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