By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy
The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) supported by the Finn Church Aid has begun spreading awareness of the United Nations Resolution 1325 among women contained in their seven clusters known as ‘Mother’s Clubs’ in Liberia.
The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted on December 18, 1979, approved on October 15, 1998 and published on July 27, 1999 and states in Article 1 that ‘Discrimination against women shall mean distinction, exclusion, restriction made on the basis of sex, for the purpose of impairing, nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status on the basis of equality of men and women and of human rights’.
The project which is under the title, ‘legal education for rural women and men to ensure compliance with gender sensitive human rights’ began in a rural village in Bong County called Yarwalee and moved on to the Mother’s Club in Kendeja along the Roberts Field Highway.
The project officer, Atty. E. Gidu Johnson led the three days session creating awareness and stimulating the women in that community on what CEDAW 1325 is and how it is aimed at fighting against violence and all forms of abuses in a peaceful manner.
Atty. Johnson said the UN instrument is basically teaching women about participation in politics and decision making as well as security and it is a training of trainers’ session which will lead to a bigger community awareness meeting.
Twenty- six participants attended the meeting which began last week Thursday and ended on Saturday with refresher on what has already been taught them surrounding the Inheritance Law, Access to Justice, Human Rights, Domestic Violence and the Rape Law.