The Act, which is being sponsored by the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia, is seeking equitable women participation and representation through the creation of 21 special legislative constituencies at the National Legislature.
Madam Seck made the call at the start of a strategic roundtable stakeholders’ discussion on the draft Affirmative Act of 2016 for Equitable Participation and Representation held Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Monrovia.
According to the Act, there will be one seat in each of the 15 counties for women and three seats each for youth and the disabled to make the 21 constituencies.
The Draft Affirmative Act of 2016 further provides for the election of a female youth and a female disabled in their respective categories.
Liberia is ranked 40 in Africa and 115 in the world among countries having women representation in parliament.
She observed that Liberia is a country with resounding success in the promotion of women’s rights on the African continent.
Seck cited Liberia’s success in electing and re-electing the continent’s first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and being the first country to have a female, Angie Brooks Randolph, serve as President of the U. N. General Assembly and a county that has adopted the National Plan of Action to implement Resolution 1325 to support this position.
Resolution 1325 was the first formal and legal document from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that required parties in conflict to prevent violations of women's rights.
Seck wants Liberian women to learn from the experiences of countries that have succeeded in increasing women representation in parliament and correct the problems of Liberia.
She said one way the women of Liberia can succeed in realizing this dream is to support and ensure the passage to the Draft Affirmative Act of 2016.
If passed, the newly created special legislative constituencies will bring to 94 the total number of representative seats in the National Legislature.