September 16, 2019

The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor has called on the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament to support women in politics.

Speaking at a conference in Monrovia, Liberia organized for ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians (ECOFEPA), and other women politicians and civil society leaders, she pointed out that stories of women being intimidated and victimized for seeking public office is becoming a trend.

According to the Vice President, ECOWAS has a unique role to play in uplifting the politics of women as they hope for a sub-regional framework for protecting women seeking to get involve in business and national politics.

“We hope to see you propose an ECOWAS protocol stating norms for the protection for women in politics. We also want to see you establish effective monitoring systems and interventions to protect genuine cases of women politicians in danger”, Dr. Taylor said.

She continued, by calling on ECOWAS to be swift and robust in their response to threats and violence against women in politics. With the assertiveness of ECOWAS, other state actors will follow suit and do what is necessary to protect women from abuse.

.Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/