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Women’s Caucus launches 5-Year Plan

Women’s Legislative Caucus launches 5-Year Strategy Plan to prepare for reelection in 2029.

By Kruah Thompson 

Capitol Hill, Liberia, May 30, 2024 – The Women’s Legislative Caucus (WLC) of the 55th Session of the Liberian Legislature launches a 5-Year Strategic Plan to ensure the reelection of all women legislators come 2029.

The strategic plan was unveiled at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, signifying a commitment to providing strategic direction and guidance for the Caucus over the next five years.

Established in 2006 by women from the 53rd Legislature, the Women’s Legislative Caucus advocates for gender equality regardless of political affiliation, religion, or ethnicity.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence outlined the plan’s objectives, highlighting past achievements such as the election of Liberia’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and first Vice President, Jewel Howard Taylor, along with increased representation in key positions.

“In addition to the election of the first female president of Liberia, due to the effort they have, the first female vice president, the first female Pro-Tempore and some serving in various Legislative Caucuses and on various committees at the Legislature.” She noted.

Despite facing challenges in the 2022 elections, the Caucus remains steadfast, celebrating victories such as additional female senators and unprecedented wins in counties like Grand Cape Mount and Grand Gedah.

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For the first time, the Caucus presents a comprehensive five-year Strategic Plan, encompassing key sections focusing on introduction, background, principles, objectives, evaluation frameworks, and pathways to change.

“The strategic plan was organized as follows: Section One introduces, Section Two provides the background of the Caucus, Section Three outlines the building principles, Section Four outlines the four pillars of the strategy and objectives, Section Five describes the monetary evaluation frameworks and section six outlines the pathways to change,” Pro-Tempore Lawrence notes.

International partners, including UN Women and the EU, commend the Caucus’ advocacy efforts and pledge continued support for their initiatives.

The Strategic Plan, developed under the leadership of Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, Chairperson of the WLC, aims to promote gender-responsive legislation and advocacy while enhancing women’s participation in politics and public leadership.

Meanwhile, the launch ceremony was attended by members of the legislature, national and international partners, and the media, underscoring a collective commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Liberia.

With the support of initiatives like the Liberia Electoral Support Project Plus (LESP+), the WLC is poised to enact meaningful changes over the next five years to foster a more inclusive and equitable political landscape in Liberia. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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