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June 25, 2022

National Council Women’s Legal Workshop

Women leaders in the Nation’s Capital, were given a legal perspective of the National Council Act 2013.

The act stipulates the representation of women in all levels of society. Advisor Constitutional Lawyer, Dr Eric Kwa, said for an inclusive approach membership to the council, it has to start at the ward level.


Understanding and reaffirmation of the National Council of Women Act 2013 for NCD Council of Women, was the theme of the workshop. What was found, is a gap between the National Act and the NCDC Act.


NCD is a special case because it is not a province, but a capital city governed by the NCDC Act, thus the need for more inclusive guidelines for the Motu-Koita women.


Dr Erik Kwa said since the act was enacted last year, for now council members are only interim members, until elections at the end of this year.


Because of the need for inclusiveness, Dr Kwa advised the leaders to target individuals at the ward level, not women alone, but men also, however, the executives positions, be left for women only.


Executive Director of the development of women, Gayle Tatsi, urged the women leaders, to work in alignment.


The Workshop was the first of its kind for the National Womens Council. A separate workshop for Motu –Koitabu women is expected in two weeks’ time.


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