NEC Commissioner Stresses Importance Of Women In Politics
A Commissioner at the National Elections Commission (NEC) has said the lack of active participation of women in politics undermines democracy in the West African sub-region.
Commissioner Boakai Dukuly stated that to achieve the enhancement of democracy within the sub-region without the active participation of women at the parliamentary level will create a serious social and economic impact in the region.Commissioner Dukuly made the assertion Monday at the start of a three-day Mano River Union (MRU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Joint Action Planning meeting held at a local hotel in Monrovia.
He believes that it would be a good thing if 50 percent of parliamentary seats were reserved for women representation in the sub-region.
Dukuly noted that women are critical towards consolidation of democracy and their active participation in politics will go a long way to build solid democratic systems in the region.
Commissioner Dukuly asserted that the lack of women participation in the democratic process can be attributed to cultural norms which encouraged women to be quiet over the years, while men have been allowed to discuss issues relating to the nation.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations of West African States based in Dakar, Senegal, Roby Sandhu Rojon, said peace is crucial for development in the sub-region.
Madam Rojon stated that consolidating peace within the Mano River Union basin will strengthen development drive within the United Nations system to foster major transformation in the sub-region.
She stressed that the meeting is the beginning of strengthening collaboration with the MRU along with other United Nations agencies to sustain peace and development in the basin.