WONGOSOL holds Legislative Dialogue

WONGOSOL holds Legislative Dialogue

The Women Non-Governmental Secretary (WONGOSOL) has held one- day Legislative Dialogue with the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia with the aim of promoting and advancing the rights of women and girls through advocacy and policies.

It also aims to enhance sexual reproductive health rights, gender based violence, women political participation and women economic empowerment in Liberia.

The dialogue focused on key policy issues that came out of WONGOSOL’s coordination meetings and field visits. It sought to look at changes to the New Elections Laws affecting women's participation in politics, effect of the Drug Law on the population and how it undermines civil society advocacy for non-billable offense issues around women’s peace and security. It was also geared to see reason for the visitation of the Rape Law to become non-billable.

Speaking at the open ceremony over the weekend at a local hotel in Sinkor, Monrovia, the Executive Director of WONGOSOL, Esther Davis Yango, stated that passing the Drug Law without the non-billable component poses serious threat to the youthful population in the country.

Madam Yango stressed that the abuse of illicit drugs is destroying children of Liberia and as such, a non-billable law will help to curtail the importation of illicit drugs.

She maintained that the women of Liberia should stand up against billable law in the fight to eradicate drugs abuse in the nation.

“It is painful when women go through nine months’ pain and later see their children become victim to drugs in the society. The drug law should be non-billable to protect the children of Liberia, because drugs abuse is alarming across country,” she added.

Montserrado County Electoral District #4 Representative Rustonlyn S. Dennis, said it is crucial for community dwellers to inform President George Manneh Weah about the impact of illicit drugs abuse in their communities rather than lauding him.

Rep. Dennis stated that informing the Liberian leader directly on national issues affecting their communities will decisively help to curtail those issues such as drugs abuse.

For her part, Lofa County Electoral District #2 Representative Julie F. Wiah, alarmed how drugs abuse has taken over huge population of the youth in Liberia.

Rep. Wiah noted that disadvantage youth are now attacking cars carrying Representative plates at packing places on principal streets in Monrovia.

She stressed that the fight against drugs abuse is a national emergency and Liberian women should do everything possible to ensure that the drug law pass will have a non-billable provision.

The Lofa County lawmaker indicated that drugs abuse is also responsible for the high increase of statutory rape in the country despite the Rape Law.



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