ABIC Observes NEC Information Session on Amended Elections Law

 

The Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 observed the 3rd Information Session on Amended Elections Law conducted by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

The day-long event took place in Tubmanburg, Bomi County and it brought together participants from civil society organizations, political parties, the media and the local elections magisterial officers from Gbapolu, Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties. 

The ABIC was represented at the gathering by Mr. Michael Gebeh, Special Projects Director and Ms. Veda Simpson, Executive Assistant to the Establishment Coordinator.  Both staff made valuable contributions to the deliberation especially as it relates of legal component that had to do with the gender dimension for candidates and the issue of residency for candidates and voters.

The Tubmanburg gathering, which took place at the administrative building in Tubmanburg was the fourth and final phase of the NEC Information Session. The first phase was held in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County where stakeholders from Maryland, Grand Kru, River Gee, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh Counties were drilled into the amended elections law. The Second phase of the exercise was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and brought together participants from Margibi, Rivercess, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties, while Gbarnga was the host for the third phase of the Information Session that brought together participants from Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties.

The information sessions are aimed at explaining to electoral stakeholders, aspects of the Elections Law of Liberia amended by the National Legislature in 2014.  The amended Elections Law among other things reduces voters registration documentation barriers, prevents voting malpractices, avoid voter’s confusion and increases the number of voters in larger precincts.  It creates new requirements for political parties and independent candidates as well as addresses issues of withdrawal and death of candidates.

 

The law also creates new rules that enhance transparency and build citizen’s confidence concerning complaints, complaint determination, forms and decisions.  It also takes into consideration Elections Campaign Expenses, specifically on the remittance of funds, registration fees of candidates, contributions and reporting of contributions and expenses and adds new significance to how the Commission publishes reports and ensures the enforcement of reporting of contributions and expenses.

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ABIC Gears up to Handover Bikes to Pink Panthers

ABIC Gears up to Handover Bikes to Pink Panthers 

The Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security (ABIC) is currently wrapping up modalities to formally handover ten motorcycles to female motorcyclists in Monrovia and its environs.  The “Pink Panthers” project, which is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme – Liberia is intended to economically empower several young girls through commercial motorcycling.  

According to the Progamme Manager, Mrs. Henrietta Tolbert, ABIC is currently wrapping up arrangements with the police for clearance as well as concluding the insurance for the motorcycles after which the bikes will be handed over to the girls.     

 

Since February 2015, ABIC-UNDP initiated a motorcyclist project known as Pink Panthers All-Girls Motorcycle Club. The girls have received capacity building training in self defense, bike maintenance, traffic signs, financial management and the fundamentals human rights among others.  

On November 9, 2015, UNDP procured and turnover eleven motorcycles to ABIC under the project.  

Realizing that women and girls are part of the most vulnerable groups, especially in snub communities in Liberia, they are often denied the access to social and economic opportunities, justice and fundamental human rights, the objectives of project include: 

 Ensure that females motorcyclists lives are improved

 Ensure that all females’ motorcyclists are protected against violence and harassments in traffic. 

 Female motorcyclists are managers and owners of their own bikes  

 Ensure female motorcyclists are unified 

 Ensure that logistical support is provided

 

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30 Rural Women To Graduate from 1st Phase Adult Literacy

30 Rural Women To Graduate from 1st Phase Adult Literacy

The Angie Brooks International Centre for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security is expected to graduate 30 women and underprivileged girls from the first phase of its adult literacy program.  The ceremony is expected to take place on Saturday, May 30, 2016 at the Chief Suah Koko Centre for Rural Women’s Empowerment, situated on the campus of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County and it is expected to be graced by local and international partners. The forthcoming graduation is intended to honor and encourage the women who have successfully completed the first phase of the training program, which lasted for three months. 

 

This idea of the adult literacy program was undertaken as a result of the National Rural Women Conference that was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County in March 2015 in which the rural women identified adult literacy as one of the top 5 vital components in addressing the empowerment of rural women. There were key issues addressed at this conference which focused on accelerating progress toward the economic empowerment of rural women. To fulfill the women’s desire for education, the Chief Suah Koko Center piloted a 3- month adult literacy program which culminated in March of 2016.   The initiative is being sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme – Liberia.  In September of 2015, UNDP extended the rural women adult literacy program to one year after the pilot. This was done in response to needs captured and highlighted in an assessment that was conducted by ABIC. This provided the opportunity for an advanced adult literacy program and made it possible to recruit new students.

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