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Liberia committed to SDGs Goal #5-Liberian Leader

Benjamin S. Taingay
  President Sirleaf with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Zuma. in New York
President Sirleaf with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Dr. Zuma. in New York

( 1, 2015)-The Liberian Leader, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has committed the country to some aspects of Goal No. 5 of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to a dispatch, the Liberian Chief Executive made the commitment Sunday, September 27, 2015 at an event on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

She said: “Before the end of my tenure, I will endeavor to ensure that the domestic violence bill is passed into law, that female genital mutilation (FGM) is banned, and that women participation in politics is ensured.”

The Liberian president promised to collaborate with the National Legislature to pass into law the proposed Domestic Violence Act.

The Act, currently before the lawmakers for enactment, was endorsed by the Liberian Cabinet on June 15, 2015.
The draft Bill defines Domestic Violence pursuant to Article 2 of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

President Johnson-Sirleaf committed herself to ensuring complete adherence to the enforcement of the ban.
Her commitment comes from the backdrop that the 2011 Law on Children offers protection against all forms of violence, including FGM.

Also, the Liberian leader pledged to ensure that the ongoing Constitution Review process in Liberia guarantees women’s full participation in governance and national affairs on a parity basis.

During the Constitution Review Conference early this year, the women of Liberia proposed five critical issues to be captured in the national document.

The five critical issues include equal representation and participation of women in all sectors of Liberia (elected, appointed and selected).

They also sought a Parity Bill, currently being discussed before the National Legislature, proposing that the 30% quota proposed by the women in 2010 be increased to 50%.

They also sought to broadened the scope to include all public and private sectors.


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