Women brainstorm to increase political participation in Sinoe, Liberia

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Women brainstorm to increase political participation in Sinoe, Liberia

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A local pro-democracy and women’s rights advocacy group working in Southeastern Liberia, the National Institute for Public Opinion (NIPO), has concluded a one-day dialogue on women’s political participation in Sinoe County.

The dialogue was aimed at deepening debates around the participation of women in politics and decision-making positions within the county as articulated in goal number five of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which promptly advocates for gender equality and women empowerment (GEWE) globally.

The dialogue, held on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Greenville City Hall, brought together 52 participants representing six males and 46 females.

Its objectives were to increase the knowledge and understanding of women and girls on power and politics, with a view to increasing their voices across Sinoe County.

The conference also identified critical challenges and issues impeding women’s political participation, to strengthen and/or improve the capacity of women and girls and animate them into taking practical actions that are supportive of increasing their voices in politics and leadership of the county.

As in other parts of the country, women’s political participation in the southeast remains a critical challenge due to a number of realities, the most prevalent being cultural persuasions, inadequate power relations, limited or low economic might of women and girls, coupled with a male dominant political culture which continues to suppress, marginalize and discriminate against women and girls.

Click here to read the full article published by Liberian Observer on 30 January 2019.

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