Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell
Duncan-Cassell Nudges Passage Of Affirmative Action Act
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, August 18 (LINA) - Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister Julia Duncan-Cassell is calling for the passage of the Affirmative Action for Equitable Participation and Representation Act of 2016.
She said passage of the Act by the 53rd Legislature will be the “singular most significant gesture in the history” of the Unity Party-led government.
The Minister said as a representative of women, children, and the disabled, she laments the prolonged marginalization of the three categories of citizens from full participation in the politics of the country.
She noted the marginalized and deprived sectors have also been discriminated against, leaving them innocent victims of the social, economic, cultural and traditional practices that essentially relegate them to sub-services.
Minister Duncan Cassell recently made the call in an interview with journalists in Monrovia.
“The women, the youth and those living with disability do require an affirmative action legislation that will elevate them to the level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process of their country,” she noted.
The Gender Children and Social Protection Ministry boss cited Article 5a of the Constitution as that instrument empowering the National Legislature to enact laws that respond to the social, economic needs of citizens.
She also recalled the singing of several international protocols, including those of the Economic Community of West African States, African Union, and the African Youth Charter all of which are supportive of affirmative action to accelerate the participation of youth, women and persons living with disability in politics for equitable participation.
She said being in the 21st Century, the country has made gains that have removed barriers that held one gender superior to the other, thereby respecting the dignity of all citizens.