Source: The News Monrovia
Delegates at the just ended National Constitutional Conference on the review of the 1986 Constitution in Gbarnga, Bong County, voted for the Constitution to guarantee inheritance rights for traditional women.

The proposition to guarantee the inheritance rights of traditional women was among recurring views expressed during the Constitutional Review Committee's nationwide consultations.

Delegates overwhelmingly voted for the proposition and another three propositions, including children's rights, equal representation and violence against women being championed by the women of Liberia.

The conference agreed that child's right should be revisited so that it does not interfere with the parental duty to discipline children and shall recognize and guarantee equal protection for every child regardless of the circumstances of their birth, including children with disabilities.

The women of Liberia are pressing for the constitution to include articles that address all issues of children affairs; right to inherence and adequate support from parents.

They also want the constitution to guarantee protection for children and an article that addresses all issues of children affairs in line with new progressive constitutions in Africa.

The delegates also agreed that all legal documents should carry the pronoun 'he/she' and age of marriage for girls should be at least 18 and customary law should be made constitutional.

They also agreed that women should have access to equal economic and social opportunities for education and employment.

They want all laws, customs, traditions and cultural practices that infringe on the rights and freedoms of Liberians be deemed unconstitutional.

Go to top