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Liberia: Stakeholders Discuss Violence Against Women in Politics

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Women lawmakers and female seeking elective office in the 2023 general elections have had dialogue with the National Elections Commission on the Violence Against Women in Elections and Politics or (VAWIE/P) Protocol and its Action Plan in Monrovia.

The one-day dialogue was held under the theme, “Promoting Inclusive and Safe Environment for the Participation of Women in Elections and Politics.”

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Electoral Support Office, collaborating with partners including the Peace Building Fund, Irish Aid, Sweden Sverige and the UN Women provided the funds for the gender dialogue.

NEC Commissioner with Oversight on Gender, Josephine Kou Gaye said she was happy that political and election stakeholders would gather to discuss the WVAWIE protocol and advocacy campaign for the first time in Liberia.

She implored the women to have an appreciable understanding of the protocol and the associated roles and responsibilities.

Lawmakers including Senator Henrique Togba, Chairperson on Autonomous Agencies and Elections, Senator Borto Kannah, Representative Thomas Gosuah and others, the deputy gender minister for children and social protection, the Women NGOs Secretariat participated in the dialogue according a NEC statement.

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