‘Education Will Move Women Forward’

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Veteran women’s rights activist, Madam Mary Brownell, has called on Liberian women and girls to focus on getting better education if they want to compete with their male counterparts in the political and social spheres.

She said Liberian women have the potential to excel, but they must be willing to acquire formal and higher education to better prepare for the challenges of the current society.

Madam Brownell made the statement recently at a program marking the launch of UN Women’s Global He For She movement in Liberia designed to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights.

Madam Brownell said if women and girls are well educated there would be lot of improvements and changes in the country.
She called on the Government of Liberia to organize programs that would provide better education for women and girls as well as provide support to make Liberia one of the best in Africa.

She said she has long been fighting for the empowerment of women and girls through her advocacy and expressed great joy that her dream of seeing women being empowered is coming to pass.
“I have worked for this for so long to see women rising up and benefiting from important programs that will give them rights and thank God that we are launching a program aimed at providing gender equality and a call for men to support women,” she said.

The veteran women’s advocate disclosed that in order for women to be successful they must love each other and work together.
“I visited the National Legislature recently only to find out that we only have eleven women in power which is very heartbreaking and something that needs to be addressed if we all work together and acquire better education,” Madam Brownell stated.

She used the occasion to congratulate the UN family for organizing the He For She program, adding that she will continue to encourage Liberian women and girls to focus on education. She thanked men and boys for signing up to protect women.

Mr. Wainright Acquoi, one of the 12, who led the launch of the He For She movement, said the group was launched on July 24, 2014, “as a team of 12 Ambassadors nominated by the public and selected from a list of over 100 men around the country through a rigorous process.”

The group, he said was put together to promote positive concepts of masculinity based on women’s rights and rejection of all forms of violence against women and girls and to also promote gender equality.

He described the program as a huge challenge that calls for the involvement of everyone because violence and discrimination against women touches every level of society.

“Evidence proves that gender equality benefits not just women and girls but the whole society and it’s our role as men to support them in our communities and to stop destructive stereotypes. We must see sexual and gender based violence, gender equality and women’s empowerment as not just an issue of a girl making life in the streets, or selling, but a bigger picture portraying the lives of our mothers, sisters and relatives,” he asserted.

He pledged his group’s commitment to continue the awareness on protecting the rights of women and promoting gender equality.

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