MONROVIA: A consortium of grassroot women organizations has launched “Project Accountable Safe Space (PASS) Women’s Accountability Room.”
Giving an introduction and purpose of the room, Atty. Mmonbeydo N. Joah, host of the PASS WAR noted that, women and their organizations are often the first to respond, playing leadership roles in their communities.
She added that such role is to ensure ongoing access to basic rights for women, in their diversity, and for “marginalized” groups, ensuring nobody is left behind.
However, they receive little visibility and funding for their works and their voices are largely ignored or silenced, she indicated.
She narrated that PASS WAR will provide legal aid and legal representation for women participating in the elections who will face violence.
Launching the room, Atty Tonieh Wiles noted that the room represents the Women Human Rights Defenders and all sisters watching globally because whenever women are happy, there is peace.
Atty. Facia Harris, 2022 Women of Courage Award Winner utilized the occasion to encourage women and other citizens to uphold the values of democracy.
“As we approach this election,
we must bear in mind the sacrifices made by our fellow Liberians who sought to build a better nation,” she said.
We must honor their memory by upholding the values of unity, tolerance, and democracy. Our collective responsibility is to ensure that we do not allow history to repeat itself,” she emphasized.
The Project Manger of the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) Madam Willet L. Salue, recognized the contributions of the consortium members.
She also acknowledged women’s organizations and groups not visibly present as well as the women and volunteers working across the country to ensure the integrity of the elections.
She thanked Kvinna till Kvinna for providing the core funding that initiated the set up and the British Embassy for providing computers for the operation of the room.
The program was attended by Eminent persons such as Ambassador Marjon Kamara, Chairperson of the African Women Leaders Network and former Foreign Minister of Liberia; the President and delegation of the Sierra Leonean Women in journalism (SLAWIJ), European Union in Liberia Observation Mission and WOMEN’s TV- Liberia, other regional women journalists an media houses.
The PASS Accountability Room is core funded through Organization for Women and Children (ORWOCH) by Kvinna til Kvinna.