By Abdul Malik Bangura…..
Under the distinguished leadership of the Speaker of the regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, His Excellency Rt Honourable Sidie Mohamed Tunis, the leadership of the parliament will converge its first 2021 delocalized meeting of joint committees on Social Affairs, Gender and Women’s Empowerment/ Education Science and Culture and/ Health to discuss the very important theme of “Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Region.”
The meeting session will be taking place from 13th to 17th April 2021, in the capital of the Republic of Liberia, Monrovia and will see representatives from the ECOWAS Parliament and other important ECOWAS bodies come together to map out strategy on empowering women in the sub-region.
Meanwhile, women’s empowerment and gender equality concepts are important in fostering health and human development. This is achieved when both men and women enjoy the same socio-economic rights and opportunities and have equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making.
Despite its benefits, however, research on women’s empowerment in West Africa region shows limited commitment by states towards achieving it, eventhough at regional level.
Article 63 of the ECOWAS Treaty calls for state parties to formulate policies and develop programmes which enhance women’s economic, social and cultural conditions.