A one-day dialogue on engaging women-led organizations in monitoring and implementing recommendations from the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) concluded in Monrovia.
The dialogue is implemented by a local non-governmental organization, Liberia Future Trust (LiFT) with support from the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) via Conciliation Resources.
The event which brought together around thirty participants from different organizations led by women from Montserrado took place on Monday, November 1, 2021 at a local hotel in Monrovia.
Speaking to reporters from the program, LiFT’s executive director, Mr. Pabai M. Masaquoi, revealed that the dialogue aims to identify critical obstacles that hinder women’s participation in the implementation and monitoring of peace agreements. in Liberia, in particular the 2003 Peace Agreement and the recommendations of the 2009 TRC and related processes.
He said the dialogue also aims to define a strategy to include women in the implementation and monitoring of the peace accords in Liberia.
“We have called these women here today to hear them talk about what has prevented them from participating in the process of following up on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and other peace processes in the country,” Mr. Massaquoi.
He wants the government and its partners to fund civic education for rural women on their role in the importance and implementation of the recommendations of the TRC and other peace agreements to which Liberia is a signatory.
Also speaking, lead facilitator James F. Davis called on the government to ensure the implementation of the 2017 recommendations that have been agreed, including the empowerment of women, among others.
He further indicated that civil society organizations should pressure the government to implement these TRC recommendations.
For her part, Montserrado County Superintendent Ms Florence F. Brandy said it was time for the community itself to start discussing the TRC’s recommendations and educate each other to involve lawmakers in the process. the implementation of the TRC report.
“We can talk and have all the dialogues here, but let me tell you the chamber of elders has the problem because they have the political will to make sure these recommendations are implemented,” Ms Brandy said. .
Musu Kamara, a dialogue participant explained that the TRC’s recommendations focus only on those in authority but not on those in the local government area.
He suggested it was time for Liberians to travel from community to community and county to county to educate each other on these things because not many people know about them.