Action Aid And Partners Climaxed Three Days Post Election Symposium in Gbarnga City Bong County.


Action Aid Liberia in partnership with UNFPA and UNDP has climaxed a three day symposium on “Youth engagement and Gender Based Violence” during and after the 2017 general elections in central Liberia, Bong County.
According to Action Aid, the youthful population was targeted because they make up a little over 55% of the voting populace of the Country that’s according to recent statistics from the National elections Commission and other credible institutions that closely monitored the 2017 Liberian Elections.
The conference which brought together over 50 young people from different youth Organizations in Liberia was intended to take stock on initiatives and activities implemented during and after the electoral process of the Country.
It was also geared towards increasing young people participation on how to stop and/or prevent sexual Gender Based Violence among youth and women as well as candidates of the various political parties on the electoral processes of the Country.
According to one of UNFPA’s representatives Patricia Jallah Scott, partakers at the event reviewed lessons learnt including challenges, successes and proffer the way forward for future elections.
Madam Jallah said the presentation of lessons learnt from the just ended elections to the partakers will ensure that young people are more positively engaged and can help make themselves responsible electorates and civic participants in processes leading to voting.
Also speaking to Journalists in Gbarnga, Bong County was UNFPA Youth and Gender team leader Brian Kironde who thanked Action Aid Liberia for the gathering but at the same time called on stakeholders to implement the outcome of the conference to safe guard future elections.
He said his organization is impressed with the level of maturity and responsibility exhibited by young people before, during and after the heated 2017 political process of the Country something he said is a good sign for the sustainability of peace in Liberia.
Mr. Kironde meanwhile promised UNFPA’s commitment to supporting other partners that are working on Youth, Women, elections and peace activities in the Country.
Well, some of the participants who spoke to this medium including Mark Gargiana, thanked Action Aid Liberia for the round table that has paved the way for providing a platform for them to understand electoral matters.
Mark said the conference was rewarding as it serves as an eye opener for the younger generation of the society.
He called on young people to continue exhibiting good attributes as well as speaking against Gender Based Violence.
Courtesy of Emmanuel S. Davies.