UN Urges ECOWAS To Adopt Women Protection Policies

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UN calls on ECOWAS Parliament to Adopt Policies to Protect women in the informal sectors.

The United Nations has called on the ECOWAS Parliament to come up with policies that protect and recognize the contributions of women in the informal sectors.

The Deputy County Representative United Nations Women in Liberia, Mrs Sangeeta Thapa, made the call during a Technical Session on “Strategies to Empower Women Working in the Informal Sector” at the ongoing ECOWAS Parliament delocalized meeting in Monrovia, Liberia.radionigeria reports.

According to Thappa, women in the informal sector contribute immensely to the economies of ECOWAS Member States without any recognition.

She therefore called on the ECOWAS Parliament not to limit their focus on women in the formal sectors alone but also push for policies that would protect and recognize those in the informal sector.

“Women are economic actors and the importance of women in the informal sector cannot be overemphasized.

“They are backbone to the society and their contributions are not formally recognized but they have proven themselves to be economic actors but their contributions are not visible.

“So it is very important to formalize their role and to recognise them to have an identity so that their contributions are recorded in the National Account system.

“The ECOWAS Parliament should also recognize their role in society and push for laws that will protect them and recognize their efforts.

“But as a regional body I think there should be a way to enforce mechanisms and monitor how they are implemented and how they are followed.

“And probably come up with a solution on actions to be taken if they are not monitored”, Thappa said.

Sunday Akintoye

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