LIFT, WPHF, Partners Brainstorm TRC Recommendations Implementation Monitoring

By: Stephen G. Fellajuah

A daylong dialogue with support from Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) through Conciliation Resources on Women’s led organizations engagement in the monitoring and implementation of the TRC recommendations has ended in Monrovia.

The event which brought together about thirty participants from different women-led organizations across Montserrado took place Monday November 1, at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia.

Speaking to Newsmen at the program the Executive Director of LiFT , Mr. Pabai M. Masaquoi disclosed that  the dialogue is intended to identify critical barriers  that impeded  the participation of women in the implementation and monitoring  of peace agreements in Liberia especially the 2003 Peace Accord and the 2009 Truth &  Reconciliation  Committee (TRC)   recommendations and its resulting processes  and as well define strategy to include women during the implementation and monitoring of peace agreement in Liberia .    “ We have called these women here today to hear from them about what has been the blockade to them in participating in the   monitoring process of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee recommendations  and other  peace processes in the country”, he said .

He wants the government and partners to provide funding for civic education for rural women on their role in the importance and implementation of the TRC recommendations and other peace agreements that Liberia is a signature to.

With support from the Women’s Peace Humanitarian Fund Rapid Response Window on women’s participation in peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements, Liberia Future Trust’s project supports women’s increased participation in the implementation of the 2003 Accra Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Liberia in both Montserrado and Nimba counties.

The lead facilitator, James F. Davis    then called on the government to ensure that they implement the 207 recommendations they all agreed upon including women empowerment among others.

He wants Civil Society organizations to put pressure on the government to implement those recommendations from the TRC.

For her part, the Superintendent of Montserrado County, Florence F.  Brandy, said it is time for the community itself to begin discussing the TRC recommendations and educating one another to engage their lawmakers in implementing the TRC report.

“We can talk, and have all of the dialogues around here, but let me tell you the house of elders has the problem, because they have the political will to ensure that these recommendations are implemented”, she said.

She however wants LIFE and partners to take the process to different counties, religious groups as well as communities to dialogue on the implementation of the TRC.

Participants at the daylong dialogue are however calling for increased awareness across the fifteen Counties of Liberia.

“The recommendations from the TRC is only centering around those in authority but not those of us in the local government area , this is time that we go from one  community  to another, from county to county to educate our people on these things , not too many of them know about these things”, a participant recommended.

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