The House of Representatives concurred with the Senate to pass the Equal Representation and Participation Act of 2016, establishing seven Special Constituencies, among which five seats would be reserved for women, one for youth and one for the disabled.
But, appearing on the Capitol Fm breakfast show, Korto Williams mentioned that the act passed by the national legislature undermines the Gender Parity Bill because it tackles Gender Equality issues from a quick fixed stand point.
According to her, the Gender Parity Bill seeks to ensure at least 30% women participation in all national elected offices and leadership positions in political parties. The bill also provides that a special incentive funding system would be created by the government and be made available to political parties that meet the minimum requirements of women's participation in the party's leadership posts.
Williams indicated that the affirmative action act is such an anti feminist, a quick fixed that does not really challenge the coal of the problem confronting women.
She lamented that unlike the Affirmative Action Act passed by the National Legislature, the Gender Parity Bill comes from a history that recognizes women’s right and the fact that women have not been a part of the Liberian political landscape in terms of leadership and representation.
“The affirmative action act undermines the gender parity bill because when you look at the values of the gender parity bill and what has to be changed, you are talking about dismantling and challenging a system that does not recognize the right of women to participate in politics”, Williams intoned.
She added “If you go to the affirmative action act of 2016, you are agreeing that we cannot have the change, so based on that, we will protect that system that keeps women out and we will build a new system that brings in perhaps more men”.
“If you say women will have certain seats and then will have youth, disable, you again may have configuration that does not represent the right of women to equal participation in politics”, she maintained.