Honourable Alusine Fofanah, chairman of the parliamentary human rights committee, over the weekend disclosed that the three bills: the devolution of estate, registration of customary marriage and domestic violence, would be passed into law before the life of the parliament ends this June.
At a consultative conference by LAWCLA, 50/50 and FAWE, Hon Fofanah went on to say they had been working on three bills though the Law Reform Commission did its own part.
For the registration of the customary marriage the chairman added that, “there has not been any regulation in the laws regarding this situation. “For domestic violence, women suffer all forms of violence in society as well as in their homes. Even in their matrimonial homes when they are hurt by their husbands they are expected to apologies to them,” he noted.
Hon Fofanah disclosed further that they went all around the 12 districts to collate the motions of the domestications of the CEDAW of which the people said the issues were all sensitive and so they were discussed.
He urged the women that the argument would be accompany with a presidential emergency certificate and that it should be presented by the gender ministry.
The deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Elizabeth Lavalie, said they had been informed about the advocacy to end the discrimination against woman and that it was not going to be easy because it had been in the society.
She emphasized that, “there are discriminations against women in certain sections of the constitution and the time has come to end these discriminations.”
She urged that though there were certain discriminations against women but there were certain privileges in the constitution for the disabled and physically handicapped.