To address the challenges within the sub-region, Sidie Mohammed Tunis, the esteemed speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) parliament, emphasizes the significance of involving marginalized and vulnerable communities in governance.
During the commencement of the delocalized meeting of the Joint Committees of the ECOWAS Parliament, focusing on Political Affairs, Peace, Security, the African Peer Review Mechanism, Judicial Affairs, Human Rights, Social Affairs, Gender, and Women Empowerment, held in Monrovia, Liberia, Mr. Tunis voiced his views on the matter.
Mr. Tunis pointed out that inequality has been a primary catalyst for military coups and instability in West Africa. To counter this, he advocated for the active participation of vulnerable and marginalized groups in decision-making processes and democratic systems, which he believes will be crucial in fostering lasting peace, security, and sustainable development.
The speaker recognized the significance of every parliamentary meeting in comprehending and proposing solutions to the political, economic, and social challenges prevalent in West Africa.
“The perpetuation of inequality has often led to disruptive actions in our region. By excluding vulnerable groups, including ethnic or religious minorities, women, and young people, from crucial decision-making processes, we inadvertently create fertile grounds for conflicts and violent extremism,” expressed the ECOWAS speaker.
He added, “We must recognize the vital importance of supporting the active involvement of marginalized groups in our decision-making and democratic systems to ensure peace, security, and sustainable development.”
Mr. Tunis also highlighted that political inclusivity allows diverse perspectives to be voiced and considered, enhancing representation for every segment of the population, particularly women and young individuals.