By Lizzy Okoji
Monrovia, April 15, 2021 The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Hon. Sidie Tunis, has pledged the commitment of members to address all issues hindering women in the Sub-region.
Tunis said this at the closing of the delocalized meeting of the ECOWAS Parliament Joint Committee on Social Affairs, Gender and Women Empowerment, Education, Health, Science and Culture, in Monrovia, Liberia, on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delocalized meeting, under the theme “Empowerment of Women in the West African Region”, was held to proffer solutions to factors limiting women in the sub-region.
The speaker gave the assurance that the Parliament’s fifth legislature, under his leadership, would work with all stakeholders to ensure that women issues were fully addressed.
“It is gratifying to witness the successful end of this all important meeting of the Joint Committees on Social Affairs, Gender, and Women Empowerment, Education, Science and Culture and Health.
“The meeting, under the theme, “The Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Sub-region” has by every standard been educative, inspiring and enriching.
“This is more so due to the topical nature of the theme, as well as its importance to the well-being of our people because, whatever affects the women affects children and will subsequently affect our future.
“The frank exchanges from all participants have helped us identify factors mitigating against women’s economic and political empowerment in the ECOWAS region and the role the Parliament can play in promoting their economic and political empowerment.’’ he said.
Tunis further said that key recommendations emanating from the meeting would be forwarded to line institutions through the ECOWAS Commission, to aid Member States in implementing Article 63 of the Revised Treaty.
“The ECOWAS Revised Treaty empowers Member States to take charge and address women issues and their development.
“Permit me at this juncture to give the assurance that the ECOWAS Parliament, working with all stakeholders, will endeavor to ensure that women issues are addressed to the fullest.
“We are aware that it requires our genuine commitment and actions, hence the onus is on us to prevail on our states to take bold steps at tackling those issues that deprive women the opportunity to excel and be heard.
“We are optimistic that we will prevail over gender inequalities, fears and vices that hinder the peace, happiness and prosperity of our states”, he said.
Tunis commended members of Parliament for the countless hours of hard work put in, stating that it was a clear demonstration of their commitment to addressing the gender disparity that existed in the region.
ECOWAS Parliament speaker pledges commitment, actions to address women issues
By Lizzy Okoji