According to the Gender Justice Coordinator of OXFAM, Adolphus Teewah Gblorso, the forum is in support of the Maputo Protocol adoption and domesticating which is in line with the African Women Protocol that was adopted in Liberia.
He said that Judges and Lawyers in the country have a major role to play in the Justice system of the country when it comes to the domestication of particular international protocols or legal rights that has to do with the promotion of Women’s rights.
In support of the litigation and adjudication Women’s rights, cases relating to harmful practices such as Sexual and Reproductive Health, and working beyond the scope of the courtroom to protect women and girls, he stated that these protocols will create a referral pathway for Lawyers and Justices so that they can be used to properly handle cases in the courts.
He further stated that at the end of the forum Lawyers and Judges can create a document which they can all agreed to help support the National and Global campaign to support women’s rights in leadership, in health, and in all areas that supports them positively.
The training, which is under the project Haki Mkononi meaning “Rights in our Hands”, is aimed at implementing and domesticating the African Women Protocol which was signed and adopted in Liberia since 2003.
Though not well known, he said as part of the advocacy for the implementation of these protocols, OXFAM is spearheading various projects including SRH/R based trainings, amongst others.
The goal of these trainings is to create an enabling environment to foster the adoption and domestication of international protocols that support women and girls in information, education, advocacy, mobilization and empowerment to create a sustainable framework that will guide all in the provision of accurate, relevant and appropriate environment for women in the near future.