Every year, women from Liberia go to New York to join scores of other women from across the world for review of progress made thus far in achieving gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, and advance recommendations for the advancement of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
This year beginning March 11-22, 2019 is the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) since its establishment in 1946 by a resolution of the Economic and Social Council of the UN with a mandate to prepare recommendations on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields.
The Commission is also responsible for monitoring, reviewing and appraising progress achieved and problems encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 and of the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly of 2000, at all levels, and to support gender mainstreaming. The Commission also contributes to the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (CSW 2019 Brochure).
The theme of the year is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Like every year, there are array of women from Liberia lined up for this occasion to make the case for Liberian women who are unable to be there, especially rural women and girls; however, the Womenvoices Newspaper has embarked on a project to make a real difference.
The Publisher of the Womenvoices Newspaper says she is undertaking a project intended to showcase the workings of great women of Liberia. “The goal is to gauge the impact of Goal Five (5) of the SDGs and further amplify the voices of Liberian women across the ocean, which when achieved will go a long way in providing better understandings and information to major actors at CSW about issues of gender equality in Liberia”, Helen said.
Womenvoices through this project is profiling twenty (20) selected great women and girls including a few organizations in a special edition for distribution at the gathering, especially at the side-events for Liberia in New York.
“The feedback we are receiving from the women is great,” Madam Helen Nah Sammie said. She said the women are responding with interesting stories and accounts of their works. “These summary accounts”, she said, “are accompanied by beautiful photographs of each of the selected women, which will be published in the extraordinary edition of the Womenvoices Newspaper and will be exhibited at side-events for Liberia and other places.”
No doubt, it is a difficult task for this project to select only 20 women from among the many other great women who are doing very good job at various levels in the Liberian society. This selection does not mean that we do not recognize others, we do recognize everyone’ efforts but because of space and time, only 20 of top great women of Liberian women residing in Liberia will be considered and profiled under this project.
The Publisher of this Newspaper believes that the real practical means of measuring the progress Liberia has made in achieving Goal Five (5) of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) is by conducting an analysis of what several individual women or organizations are doing and the impact of said works on the lives of other women and girls in terms of empowerment.
A Liberia politician said, “The level Liberian women have reached in terms of politics and decision making should be admitted as mature evidence to convince hardcore feminists that a male dominant society is not the culprit for denying female equal access to economic empowerment and equality, but rather greed and selfishness.” Yes, indeed, greed and selfishness are prime drivers of social disparities but inherently engrained in most men than women, this is why our world remains unbalanced because it is male dominant world.
Humanity will be better when everyone is treated equally. We must realize that creating a space for both men and women to equally participate in decision makings will shift our world. Womenvoices Newspaper holds the views that when the voices of women are heard, everything else will follow.