Hon. Sidie Mohammed Tunis’ Closing Remarks At Ecowas Sub-regional Meeting In Liberia.

Copyright: Sidie Mohammed Tunis,  Ecowas Parl.Speaker…..

15th April 2021, Monrovia, Liberia–

Honorable Members, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen

1. It is gratifying to witness the successful end of this all important meeting of the Joint Committees on Social Affairs, Gender, and Women Empowerment, Education, Science and Culture and Health. The meeting, under the theme “The Empowerment of Women in the ECOWAS Sub-region” had by every standard been educative, inspiring and enriching. This is more so due to the topical nature of the theme, as well as its importance to the well-being of our people because, whatever affects our women affects our children and will subsequently affect our future.

2. I am happy to note that this meeting had a beautiful opening ceremony which was graced by the presence of His Excellency Dr. George Weah and Madam First Lady, The Honorable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ministers and other Officials of the Liberian Government, Members of Civil Society Organizations, as well as Members of the Forth Estate of the Realm.

Honorable Members, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen

3. The meeting of the Joint Committee was characterized by several presentations from Resource Persons and Experts. I wish to use this medium to express my profound gratitude to all the Experts for the highly educative and enlightening presentations made. I am glad to observe that the deliberations that followed were very enriching. They provided important insights that are expected to lead to forward-thinking actions and put us in an informed position to address issues concerning women. I, therefore, wish to commend my colleagues, Members of Parliament, for the countless hours of hard work. It was a clear demonstration of our commitment to addressing the gender disparity that exist in our region.

4. The frank exchanges from all participants has helped us identify factors mitigating women’s economic and political empowerment in the ECOWAS region and the role Parliament can play in promoting their economic and political empowerment. Furthermore, key recommendations emanating from this meeting will be forwarded to line institutions through the ECOWAS Commission to aid Member States in implementing Article 63 of the ECOWAS Revised Treaty, which empowers Member States to take charge and address women issues and their development.

5. Permit me at this juncture to give the assurance that the ECOWAS Parliament, working with all stakeholders, will endeavor to ensure that women issues are addressed to the fullest. We are aware that it requires our genuine commitment and actions, hence the onus is on us to prevail on our States to take bold steps at tackling those issues that deprived women the opportunity to excel and be heard.

Honorable Members, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen

6. I want to thank the host authorities; the Government and good people of the Republic of Liberia, for the outstanding hospitality and generosity exhibited over the past few days. I equally wish to use this opportunity to express once again, our gratitude to His Excellency President George M. Weah, for not only accepting to host the meeting, but also gracing the opening ceremony with his presence.

7. Our profound gratitude also goes to the Chairpersons and Members of the Committees involved in the meeting for scoring such a success. Your tireless efforts have laid the solid groundwork for this successful meeting. I thank you for traveling from your Countries, in the midst of all of the restrictions brought upon us by COVID-19, to perform your duties to the Parliament and the region. I want to extend appreciations to the Leader and all Members of the Liberian Delegation for the organizing and supporting this meeting. Please accept my deepest gratitude.

8. Our appreciations also go to the Secretary General of the ECOWAS Parliament, the Directors and Staff, for the dedication and hard work in coordinating the meeting. I equally wish to thank the Interpreters and other Service Providers for assisting us in many capacities.

Honorable Members, Distinguished Ladies Gentlemen
9. As we conclude this meeting, we are highly encouraged that the women of our region will perserver and prosper, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. We are optimistic that we will prevail over gender inequalities, fears and vices that hinder the peace, happiness and prosperity of our States. I wish all of us a safe trip to Gbarnga City tomorrow in continuation of our interaction with women in rural Liberia. I anticipate that the Protocol Division has worked out all modalities for our trip tomorrow morning and will communicate that to us immediately here after.

Thank you all

Merci

Obrigado

Signed: Sidie Mohammed Tunis