The Ministry of Gender will today March 6, 2019 lead an array of thousands of great women in Liberia to Kakata, Margibi County to celebrate the International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s celebration in Liberia is held two days earlier to the official day. According to the official spokesperson of the Ministry, Eric Pervist, Gender Ministry in consultation with stakeholders selected March 6, 2019 for this year’s celebration to give ample time for preparation those leaving the Country for CWS 63 in New York.
According to insider source, Minister Tarr will lead an envoy of prominent women including Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, First Lady Clar Marie Weah, Liberia Culture Ambassador Juli Endee, among others, to the auspicious occasion. Womenvoices Newspaper is reliably informed that First Lady Weah will deliver the key note address.
According to the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 32/142 which was passed in 1977 declares 8th March of each year as “International Women’s Day” to be observed by member states in accordance with their historical and national traditions.
According to the Ministry of Gender, the International Women’s Day creates an opportunity for women around the world to come out and compel the world to recognize gender inequalities as well as celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers. The Ministry said Liberian women are steadfast to think equally, build smart, innovate for change as this year IWD won’t leave anyone behind and will look to productive leaders, game shifting start-ups, societal industrialists, gender equality campaigners and women innovators to examine the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and fast-track program for gender equality.
Meanwhile, President George Manneh Weah has issued a Proclamation declaring Friday, March 8, 2019 as “International Women’s Day” to be celebrated throughout the Republic of Liberia as a Working Holiday.
This year’s “International Women’s Day” will be observed under the global theme: “Think Equal, Build Smart, and Innovate for Change: and the national theme: “Gender Equality for Innovative Change”.
The Proclamation further requests government ministries and agencies, particularly the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Civil Society Organizations and NGO’S concerned to organize and execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the observance is in recognition of the struggle that women around the world have made to gain equality and equal rights as well as to reflect on changes and progress that culminated in their international endeavor.
According to the Proclamation, the Government of Liberia, being cognizant of its obligation to ensure equal status for men and women in society without discrimination, has ratified the convention on “The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women”, reflecting its commitment to gender equality and equity through its Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
Furthermore, the Proclamation stated that the women of Liberia, will this year, join their counterparts around the world to celebrate the “International Women’s Day”.
The Proclamation is in consonance with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 32/142 which was passed in 1977 declaring 8th March of each year as “International Women’s Day” to be observed by member states in accordance with their historical and national traditions.