The Women in Peace Building Network has won the George Weah 2019 Peace Prize, which values at one million Liberian dollars.
The George Weah peace prize is an annual award given during the KUKATURNON (We Are One) Peace Festival to organizations that work to promote peace, reconciliation and security. The KUKATURNON Peace Festival commemorates the signing of the Accra Peace Accord (CPA) that brought an end to 14-year hostility and lasting peace to Liberia since 2003.
The year’s KUKATURNON Peace Festival was held in Margibi County on August 18, 2019.
Pronouncing the winner of George Weah 1 Million Liberian Dollars Peace Prize, the Executive Director of the Liberia Crusader for Peace, Juli Endee indicated that the vetting Committee verified the works of the Women in Peace Building Network, role it played in the Peace Process of Liberia, especially the Accra Peace Accord which ended the 14 years of civil conflict and peace in the Mano River Union countries.
She said the committee concluded that WIPNET was qualified to obtain this year’s George Weah Peace Prize.
According to Ambassador Endee, the Award is in recognition of President George Weah’s role-play in mitigating violence and sustaining the peace and stability over the years that has allowed Liberia to enjoy 16 years of peace.
She narrated that the first recipient of the George Weah Peace Award was the Messenger of Peace 2018.
According to her the recipient will report on how they use the 1 million dollars at a special forum.
Receiving the George Weah Peace prize Award was the National Coordinator of Women in Peace Building Network Bellphie Morris who extolled the Liberia Crusader for Peace and the KUKATURNON Peace Festival for recognizing the work of the Women in Peace Building Network in Liberia and the West African Region.
According to her the Award was the first major recognition from the Liberia Government.
She praised President George Weah for his efforts to promote peace and stability of the Country including the support toward the peace prize.
During the presentation and official celebration of the 2019 Kukatornon Peace Festival in Kakata City Margibi County was the head of delegation of the Guinea Kukatornon Zeinab Trarie said it is vital for women to stand for their rights, especially the traditional women under Amb Julie Endee to play the advocacy role with their counterparts in the Mano River Union region.
She said it is not only to talk about peace but they must collectively work in protecting the peace, noting that as long as women are at the episode of peace, they must show what they are able to do as women.
Madam Trarie urged women to keep on protecting the peace and security within the Mano River Union Region.
She extolled the Women of Liberia for their role in promoting peace and stability within the Mano River Union Region.
Also speaking was Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf who said President George Weah is committed to protecting the peace and stability of Liberia and the sub region.
He called on Liberians to work with President George Weah in transforming the country, noting that they should not allow the economic constraint of the Country to undermine the peace of the country.
Minister Sirleaf disclosed that shortly the his Ministry would host a weeklong national peace conference that will included chiefs from across the country and political parties including the Council of Patriot as well as other civil society organizations to discuss peace and reconciliation.
Speaking on behalf of President George Weah was the Foreign Minister Gbehzonegar Findley who urged Liberians to show love for country and do away with negative perceptions of the country.
Minister Findley said it is only through love for country can promote peace and stability. He further expressed gratitude to Amb Endee for her role in promoting peace in Liberia and the Mano River countries.