The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection (MGCSP) will today March 8, join the rest of the world in observance of the International Women’s Day as part of efforts to recognize women for their contributions to society.
Speaking at a press conference Monday in Monrovia, the of Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell, tated that every year the day is commemorated globally as part of efforts to recognize women for their social, political, and economic achievements.
This year’s International Women’s Day celebration, Minister Cassell said, is being observed under a global theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality”. Liberia will memorialize the day under the theme: “Pledge for Parity by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality.”
She explained that the 2016 IWD, which will be celebrated at the Grand Bassa County fairgrounds in Buchanan, will highlight the importance of gender parity in the national development agenda. Specifically, discussions and activities will focus on initiatives to include inter-generational dialogue.
Activities will include a debate, traditional exhibition, women’s car wash and the launch of a dollar campaign.
The highlighted activities, the Gender Minister have been arranged with specific objectives,:
• Increase awareness on the significance of IWD
• Enlighten university students( young females and males) on the significance of achieving gender parity for national development and its link to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Women’s Decade, AU;
• Recognize the achievements of twenty (20) women who have made positive contributions in their communities and society at large; and to
• Create an avenue of support for women’s political participation and empowerment.
The targeted beneficiaries of this year’s IWD celebration are women, men (university) students, girls, women in governance, women entrepreneurs, academia, youth groups, traditional and rural women, persons living with disabilities and HIV, and gender-based violence survivors amongst others.
She pointed out that the women of Liberia are now able to compete with their counterparts because they are now successful entrepreneurs, nurses, and have furthered their education as a means of empowerment in order to move the country forward.
The activities for today’s celebration will begin with a parade from the Bassa Administrative Building at 9 a.m. while other programs in observance of the day will be held simultaneously in the other fourteen counties.