By: Ida Amelia Reeves

Liberia: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Speaker Dr. Sidie Mohamed Tunis has reaffirmed ECOWAS Parliament commitment to women issues irrespective of age and location.

Speaker Dr. Tunis spoke during the 5th Legislative Extraordinary parliamentary Session hosted by Liberia on March 8, 2022 at Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo town.

The ECOWAS Speaker call on Community to take action towards breaking bias in homes, work places, schools, universities and local communities. Speaker Tunis recounted the role women are making across the globe with special recognition to Liberian women.

According to Speaker Tunis, establishing a diverse, equal and inclusive society is not the job of one individual or organization, but rather a responsibility of all. He said ECOWAS wants to see a society where men and women will be treated equally in their different spaces.

In recognition of International Women’s Day and a demonstration of ECOWAS Parliament’s commitment to building a society where men and women are treated equally, Speaker Mohamed Tunis presented a cake and bouquet of flower to the Women of Liberia as a gift from the ECOWAS Parliament.

“As a demonstration of my commitment and that of the Entire ECOWAS Parliament, to building a society where men and women are treated equally, I am honored to present this beautiful cake and bouquet of flower to the Women of Liberia as a gift from the ECOWAS Parliament and in my own name, HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY”.

The Speaker acknowledged Liberia’s 200 years of existence as a country
where a group of free black men, women, and children came from the United States, established a settlement on Providence Island, which is now the city of Monrovia. He noted that since the formation, Liberia has played a pivotal role in developing democracy in Africa and the world, being a founding member of the United Nations, Organization of African Unity, (now African Union), and ECOWAS.

“That is why, as our Liberian brothers celebrate their new-found freedom and African leadership throughout this year, I would like to wish them prosperity, peace and the unity of her sons and daughters in their quest for the development and progress of the country”.

Speaker Mohamed Tunis expressed sincere gratitude to Pres. George Weah, the Government and people of Liberia, for the warm welcome and the legendary hospitality they have enjoyed.

Former Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sen. Kotoe Kenneh among other women received the cake and bouquet of flowers on behalf of the women of Liberia.

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