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Women Low Use Of FOI Concerns Carter Center
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Women Low Use Of FOI Concerns Carter Center

By Ballah M. Kollie

MONROVIA, September 1 (LINA) – Carter Center Senior Gender Specialist, Cerue Konah Garlo, says the lack of women participation in use of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Law is a critical problem that the country must address.

“We (Carter Center) have identified FOI facilitators in Monrovia, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and the Women NGO Secretariat as a means of providing some solution,” Garlo revealed.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency Thursday at Center’s new head office in Sinkor, Garlo said findings of a recent research on Women and the Right to Access to Information in Liberia pointed to low rate of women acquiring information compared to their male counterparts.

She said the FOI facilitator will guide women in their respective locations on how to make a request and coordinate the entire process of accessing information under the FOI.

She described Access to Information as a fundamental human right to which all must have equal treatment.

In consonance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1986 Constitution, the Government of Liberia in 2010 passed the Freedom of Information Law granting individuals access to public information.

She noted that the research incorporated five communities in Monrovia and two each in Lofa, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh counties.

She added that the group recommended that government establishes an inter-ministerial committee with the Ministries of Information and Gender, Children and Social Protection to take the lead to promote access to information for women, especially for economic empowerment.

According to the Carter Center official, the research was financed by Carter Center and Irish Aid.
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