MONROVIA-Montserrado County, District #4 Representative and member of the Legislative WASH Caucus, Rustonlyn Suakoko Dennis has highlighted the need for women and girls to be informed about the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene in their various communities.
Speaking Wednesday at a one-day Global Conference on Launching and Growing a Parliamentary WASH Caucus held at the Capitol Building, Representative Dennis told the gathering that women are the main end-users of water in every home and as such, they must be acquainted with how important water is.
The District #4 Lawmaker also emphasized that access to clean and safe water is a matter of urgency and as such the WASH Legislative Caucus and other partners must work to ensure that safe drinking water is accessible to all.
“Let’s take into consideration the access, location and sterility of water within homes. Inadequate and polluted water has bearing on children and also affects every individual, especially women and girls”, she asserted.
Also, WaterAid Liberia Country Director Chuchu Selma noted that WaterAid Liberia remains open to working with the European Union Commission to ensure that major issues affecting lives are addressed.
“We are looking forward to engaging the EU Commission to ensure that other things relative to WASH, like Climate change, food security, health and education are addressed swiftly”, he said.
Moreover, Mr. Selma emphasized that water, and sanitation among other basic social services is issues that are significant to the livelihood of citizens and as such there is a need that they address speedily.
Furthermore, the WaterAid Country Director expressed gladness over the cooperation of the Caucus to ensure that key WASH issues affecting the livelihood of the ordinary people are addressed with urgency.
Morover, speaking via zoom, the US-based Advocacy Advisor, Swiss Water and Sanitation Consortium and CEO of Accelerate Global, LLC, John Oldfield reaffirmed his support in working with the Caucus to curb the challenges being faced in the WASH sector of Liberia.
“Water and Sanitation is very important, Water helps to restore peace to an environment and bring togetherness, so I remain supportive to ensuring that the issues of Water and Sanitation in Liberia are address,” he added.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chairman of the WASH Legislative Caucus, Senator Jonathan Kaipay commended parliamentarians from other countries who followed the meeting via zoom, while proposing a global conference to be held for Africa WASH Caucus to participate.
“I think there is a need that we all assemble in for a global conference in order to reason together in seeing how best the issues of WASH in our various countries are handled”, he asserted.
The one-day global conference ended with a round table discussion amongst members of the parliament and civil society leaders on how to jump-start and strengthen a WASH Caucus.