Liberia youngest lawmaker in the 53rd National Legislature (Hon Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood) honored the invitation of the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY) to speak at the first ECOWAS regional youth Camp organize in Liberia; (the West African Youth Camp—2016) held in Monrovia. Speaking on the topic “Effective participation of Women in Governance and Decision Making in West Africa”, with jubilant cheerfulness of delegates from 7 West African Countries (Togo, Nigeria, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Sierra Lone and Liberia) amongst enthusiastic young women and boys as to the splendid presentation by the most vocal female lawmaker in the House of Representatives, she admonished young female desires of seeking public office to believe in themselves as there are challenges confronting female wanting to occupy public office.
The promising young parliamentarian focused her discussion on several international protocols that Guaranteed women rights as women participation in governance is a rights and not a privilege. Some of the Protocols maintained in her presentation at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center are: the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The Political Rights Convention was followed by the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which the UNGA adopted in 1979. CEDAW moved the right of political participation another step toward de facto equality by affirming the obligation of State Parties to take affirmative action to accelerate the participation of women in politics and their representation in other public decision-making positions. The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the African Women’s Rights Protocol) adopted in 2003 by the African Union (AU) further affirms the principle of equal participation and the use of affirmative action to ensure equal and effective participation of women in politics amongst others.